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Scioto rallies to capture tourney opener

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Scioto's Matt Messick delivers a pitch against Coffman on April 19. The Irish defeated Groveport 6-5 on May 12 to post their first tournament victory in three seasons.
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The Dublin Scioto High School baseball team rallied in its final at-bat to post its first postseason win in three years, beating 37th-seeded Groveport 6-5 in the first round of the Division I district tournament May 12.

Seeded 32nd, the Irish improved to 11-14 overall and advanced to play at fourth-seeded Olentangy Orange in the second round May 14.

The second-round winner faces 11th-seeded Gahanna or 30th-seeded Central Crossing in a district semifinal Tuesday, May 20, at Coffman. The district final will be played May 22 at Otterbein University.

Scioto led visiting Groveport 3-2 through four innings, only to see the Cruisers score one run in the fifth and two in the top of the seventh to take a 5-3 lead. The Irish, however, answered with three runs in the bottom of the seventh to post their first postseason win since 2011 in dramatic fashion.

Scioto won its district opener despite having lost three of its last four regular-season games and four of its last six. Prior to that, the Irish had a stretch in which they won four of five games.

Scioto's only victory in its final four regular-season games came against Hilliard Darby. The Irish's 2-1 win on May 6 eliminated the Panthers from contention for the OCC-Cardinal Division title.

Max Callender started on the mound against Darby, allowing one run, five hits and one walk in 5 1/3 innings.

"When we cut down on our defensive mistakes, we are capable of beating good teams," coach Ken Carpenter said. "As for Darby, we got a terrific outing from Max Callender and had a timely hit from Clint Conner. Our up-and-down defense played well. It was good to see after losing 10-0 (in five innings to Darby on May 1)."

Scioto finished 4-10 in the OCC-Cardinal as Westerville Central (13-1) won the title.

Through 24 games, Andrew McKinley had a team-high .422 batting average, followed by Bradley Dinan (.333) and Spencer Talentino (.311). Talentino had a team-high 14 RBI, and Dinan, McKinley and Jack Suich each had 10.

On the mound, Callender was 3-0 with a 2.02 ERA in 24 2/3 innings.

Celtics begin play in district tourney

Seeded 25th, Jerome was 13-9 overall before playing 18th-seeded Westerville South in the first round of the Division district tournament May 13.

The winner played at 14th-seeded Pickerington North in the second round May 14, with the second-round winner facing sixth-seeded Marysville or 33rd-seeded Westerville North in a district semifinal Monday, May 19, at Grove City.

The semifinal winner likely will play top-seeded Thomas Worthington or 12th-seeded Hilliard Davidson in a district final Wednesday, May 21, at Otterbein. The district champion advances to a regional semifinal May 29 at Coffman.

Through 21 games, Nick Thomas was batting .520, followed by Andrew Adolph (.488) and Jake King (.418). Clayton Colvin had a team-high 15 RBI and King and Adolph had 12 and 10, respectively.

On the mound, Adolph was 4-1 with a 3.58 ERA in 29 1/3 innings. The Celtics finished 8-6 in the OCC-Cardinal.

Shamrocks opened district play on road

Seeded 22nd, Coffman was 11-13 overall before playing at 21st-seeded Dresden Tri-Valley in the first round of the Division I district tournament May 13.

The winner played eighth-seeded Mount Vernon in the second round May 14, with the second-round winner facing 15th-seeded Olentangy or 26th-seeded Hamilton Township in a district semifinal Monday, May 19, at Darby.

The semifinal winner likely will play second-seeded Olentangy Liberty or 17th-seeded Delaware in a district final Wednesday, May 21, at Ohio Dominican. The district champion advances to a regional semifinal May 29 at Coffman.

The Shamrocks finished 6-8 in the OCC-Central as Liberty (12-2) won the title.

Through 24 games, Carter Leffler was hitting .377, followed by Aaron Pape (.357) and Alex Dennis (.338). Alex Berling had a team-high 19 RBI, followed by C.J. Saunders with 13 and Pape with 12.

On the mound, Joey Murray was 3-1 with a 1.05 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 26 2/3 innings.

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