Perhaps a different setting will have a positive effect on the Ready High School softball team.

Perhaps a different setting will have a positive effect on the Ready High School softball team.

After winning Division III district championships from 2004-06, the Silver Knights traveled to Lancaster each season and ended up as regional runners-up.

Ready is back at the regional level after downing North Union 9-5 in a district final May 21 at Pickerington Central, but this time it will travel to Wright State in Fairborn to battle a field that includes three district champions from the Southwest District.

The Silver Knights are 21-6 and will face Carlisle at 5 p.m. today, with the winner to play at noon Saturday against West Liberty-Salem or Middletown Madison Senior. The state tournament is June 5-6 at Firestone Stadium in Akron.

"We've got to win (a regional title again)," said coach Nick Joseph, whose team won a state title in 1994 and was a state runner-up in 1995. "We can't be so excited about this game that we forget to win the next one. We'll be excited (to beat North Union), but that's all you can afford to be happy about."

Carlisle beat Casstown Miami East 4-3 in a district final last Friday despite getting just three hits. Errors contributed to all four runs. One of Stefaney Turner's key pitches is a screwball, and she also recently added a curve.

West Liberty-Salem was a state semifinalist a year ago and has won six consecutive district titles. With sophomore Emily Detwiler leading the way at pitcher, the Tigers beat Batavia 10-0 in a district final May 23 and are 26-1.

Madison defeated Madeira 5-4 in 15 innings last Saturday to win its first district title and improve to 18-2 behind the pitching of Hannah Kendrick. It was a district runner-up last year.

In Ready's district-final win over North Union, Katie Ardrey had a three-run double and Sarah Gabel hit two home runs.

"I'm pleased to just get out of here with a win," Joseph said. "It's a shame North Union had to lose because they're a great ball team."

•Making sure its sprinters stay rested has been the biggest issue of the postseason for the boys track and field team.

In the Division III district 2 meet last Saturday at Gahanna, Christian Knapper and Demetrius Clark competed in the 100 meters at about 12:30 p.m. Both then ran about 10 minutes later in the 800 relay and then another 40 minutes later in the 400 relay.

The Silver Knights could be in a similar position this week, depending on how they did in preliminary races last Wednesday at Fairfield Union. Knapper again competed in the 100 as well as on both relays.

Running finals are Friday. The top four in each event will advance to state June 5-6 at Ohio State.

The busy schedule didn't seem to overwhelm the group of Knapper, Clark, Dana DePassio and Jesse Hill, as they finished third in the 800 relay (1 minute, 33.09 seconds) and first in the 400 relay (44.82).

Their finishes helped Ready place sixth (67 points) in the 14-team Division III district 2 meet at Gahanna behind champion Fredericktown (97.5).

"We're a little upset that we got third (in the 800 relay)," DePassio said. "We had two of our runners in the 100 and they had to turn around run this pretty quick. Hopefully we will be (more rested for the regional)."

The girls team will send a large contingent to the Division II regional in Dayton after finishing third (99) in the 14-team district 2 meet last Saturday at Groveport behind Big Walnut (144) and Granville (142).

Ready qualified for state in the 400 relay last year and last Saturday captured a district title (51.03). Sarah Battle, Clare Bochy, Heather Manning and Katie Trigg were on the relay. Battle is the only newcomer to the relay this season.

Emily Morris won a district title in the shot put (40 feet, 3/4 inches) after also being a state-qualifier last year.

•The baseball team will lose nine seniors.

Second-team all-district infielder Jamie Buzard hit .470 and had 30 RBI splitting time at catcher and third base. He was joined in the class by Cody Corrova (15 stolen bases), Stevie Christman (26 RBI), Philippe Dumont (.417, 20 RBI), Nathan Dunkle, Blaine Kelly (6-3, 2.93 ERA), Joey Kulp (.387, 29 RBI, 1.31 ERA), Paul Schwendenman and Sean Walker. Dumont was honorable mention all-district and first-team all-CCL and Kulp was second-team all-league.

Coach Harry Caruso, who took over after Herb Sharfenaker was fired after last season, led the Silver Knights to their sixth appearance in a Division III district semifinal in eight seasons. Ready beat Centerburg 13-3 on May 12 and upset fourth-seeded Grandview 8-0 on May 14 before falling to Heath 6-5 in a semifinal May 19 to finish 12-17 overall.

The Silver Knights went 0-10 in the CCL behind champion Watterson (9-1).

Junior Tyler Davis, who pitched a four-hitter against Grandview and was 1-3 with a 3.43 ERA in a team-best 51 innings, will be the top returning pitcher. Junior Matt Magni was 2-2 with a 2.91 ERA and had 19 RBI at bat to earn second-team all-league honors along with Davis.

Also eligible to return are juniors Dwight Etgen (C), Matt Feeney (DH/IF), Jeremy Finchum (SS) and Jordan Karnes (2B).

"We improved as the year went on," Caruso said.

"We were playing our best baseball in the tournament and had our opportunity to make a run."

•The boys tennis team went winless, including 0-5 in the CCL, but its lineup was comprised of eight freshmen in Joseph Covietz, Joseph Dado, Thomas Livingston, Jordan McVey, Joseph Seipel, Joseph Waldo, Eddie Weeks and Zac Wiser.

Livingston, McVey and Seipel rotated at first singles. The team of Waldo and Wiser won one sectional doubles match.

In addition, junior Khang Thai -- a state qualifier last year who missed all but one match because of a broken leg -- is expected to be back next year.

At a glance

Below are regional qualifiers for the Ready boys and girls track and field teams with district event, place and time/distance/height:

BOYS (Division III) -- Jeff Beatty: discus (fourth, 131-3); Kyle Bergman: 110 hurdles (fourth, 16.51); Christian Knapper: 100 (fourth, 11.7); Andrew Mantell: 800 (first, 2:00.37), long jump (third, 19-10 1/2); 400 relay: Demetrius Clark, Dana DePassio, Jesse Hill, Knapper (first, 44.82); 800 relay: Clark, DePassio, Hill, Knapper (third, 1:33.09); 3,200 relay: Mantell, Stephen Perry, Robert Reed, David Schlanser (fourth, 8:54.84)

GIRLS (Division II) -- Sarah Battle: 100 hurdles (second, 17.16), 300 hurdles (fourth, 50.04), long jump (first, 16-6 3/4); Clare Bochy: 200 (first, 26.67); Emily Morris: shot put (first, 40-3/4); Lindsey Wiseman: 100 hurdles (fourth, 17.28), 300 hurdles (first, 48.32); 400 relay: Battle, Bochy, Heather Manning, Katie Trigg (first, 51.03); 800 relay: Bochy, Manning, Meghan Rivera, Trigg (fourth, 1:50.98); 1,600 relay: Nikki Brown, Elli Moehrman, Abby Schofield, Wiseman (fourth, 4:18.22); 3,200 relay: Brown, Michelle Kaiser, Moehrman, Schofield (third, 10:15.27)