During the Division I district softball drawing meeting May 3, none of the top eight seeds wanted to take the chance of potentially playing the top-seeded Grove City High School softball team in a district final.

During the Division I district softball drawing meeting May 3, none of the top eight seeds wanted to take the chance of potentially playing the top-seeded Grove City High School softball team in a district final.

Ninth-seeded Teays Valley was the one team that didn't mind. Their coach, Susan Fortier, knew there wasn't much difference between the teams when they played last year in a district final. Grove City won that 2-1 on its way to a state semifinal appearance.

They played another 2-1 contest in a district final May 20. Only this time Teays Valley was the victor.

The Greyhounds finished 26-4.

The Vikings didn't back down from junior Paige Myers, who entered the game with six no-hitters, including one in a 10-0 win over Dublin Scioto in a second-round game six days earlier.

"We saw in the first couple innings they weren't afraid to swing the bats," Grove City coach Ted Williams said. "And if they struck out, they were swinging."

Including scrimmages, the district final was the fourth time Grove City and Teays Valley had met in the last two seasons and Fortier said she instilled confidence in her team by telling them they knew what to expect from the Greyhounds and especially Myers.

"We were focused in practice on setting up the machine to exactly what we knew (Myers) was going to throw," Fortier said. "We know she's going to throw high. We know she's going to jam us in. We've been setting up and practicing those situations for days, so we did feel confident when we were up there."

Myers struck out 15 in a 2-0 win over Olentangy Liberty in a district semifinal May 17, but that number dropped to six against Teays Valley. The Greyhounds managed three hits in support of Myers.

Grove City will lose four seniors in Michelle Becker, Courtney Coleman, Rachel Fraser and Erin Galloway.

Those four helped the Greyhounds win three consecutive league titles. This season they finished 13-1 to win the OCC-Ohio Division ahead of Gahanna (11-3), Pickerington Central (9-5),Pickerington North (8-6), Groveport (7-7), Newark (6-8), Reynoldsburg (1-13) and Lancaster (1-13).

In addition to Myers, the Greyhounds have five starters who are eligible to return next season in juniors Maci Haughn (3B), Katie Yoho (SS) and Kelli Zuefle (1B) and sophomores Taryn Allmon (OF) and Jordan Titus (OF).

Also eligible to return are juniors Lindsey Lykins (P/OF) and Makayla Scholl (utility) and sophomores Brooklyn Alberts (utility), Kaitlyn Baldogo (2B/OF), Chelsea Garner (utility), Lauren Stewart (OF) and Taylor Webb (C).

The team's future depends on whether the district can pass an operating level in August or November. Athletic facilities will close Friday.

"With the levy issues and everything else that's going on, just kind of hold tight with everything," Williams said he told his players.

"We're going to come back (to a district final), we're going to have an opportunity to be back here again. We have the talent to be back here again."