If anything, the Grove City High School softball team should feel comfortable when it plays Brunswick today in a Division I regional semifinal at Ohio State.

If anything, the Grove City High School softball team should feel comfortable when it plays Brunswick today in a Division I regional semifinal at Ohio State.

It's the Greyhounds' third regional semifinal in four years.

After losing to Pickerington Central 8-0 in 2007, they beat Hilliard Darby 1-0 in 2008. The win over Darby was followed by a 3-1 win over Lebanon for the regional championship.

"The first year just being down there was kind of a different experience altogether," said coach Ted Williams, whose team beat Hilliard Davidson 1-0 in a district final May 20 to improve to 27-2.

"The second time we played it was more relaxed. The field is going to be the same. The stands (which were renovated) are going to be a little bit different, but we have a number of kids that have been there both times."

The second time marked the 25th anniversary of the 1983 state championship team and Grove City tried to inspire its play by adorning the dugout with memorabilia from that team.

Brunswick, who hasn't been to the state tournament since 1986, is 21-5 after beating Medina Highland 4-1 in a district final on May 20.

Leading the Blue Devils is pitcher McKenna Galloway, who had winning hits against Highland and in a 2-1 win over Wadsworth in a district semifinal on May 19. McKenna's grand slam in the fifth inning against Highland propelled Brunswick to victory.

From the circle, McKenna relies more on control than power. She allowed five hits to Highland in improving to 18-4. Brunswick has been ranked as high as second in the state poll. In the final poll, they were sixth behind Grove City, Hudson, Lebanon, Gahanna and Elyria.

Brunswick beat Hudson 3-1 on April 8, and McKenna did not walk a batter.

Other top players for the Blue Devils are Lauren Bolton and Mariah Eckrich.

The winner plays Saturday in a regional semifinal against Gahanna or Dresden Tri-Valley.

Gahanna beat Upper Arlington 1-0 in 11 innings in a district final on May 20. That same day, Tri-Valley beat Pickerington Central 2-1 in eight innings.

Leading Gahanna, which is 24-5, is catcher Kayla Ledbetter, a future teammate of Paige Myers at Miami. Pitching for the Lions is Kim Lennox.

Grove City beat Gahanna twice during the OCC-Ohio Division season, winning 5-0 on April 14 and 7-2 on April 30.

Tri-Valley, which is 23-6, has been a surprise team in the tournament. Playing most of their games in the East District, they were largely unnoticed by Central District coaches. They were seeded 17th for the district tournament.

Leading Tri-Valley is pitcher Courtney Kerwood. Tri-Valley has also used pitchers Courtney Kerwood and Ali Smith. Kerwood earned the victory in the district final, giving up five hits.

"We can (use the past experiences) because when we went to Ohio State we had never been there before and it was all new," third basemen Maci Haughn said. "Now going up to Ohio State we've been there before. Obviously we're not used to (playing there), but we have a little more experience than we did the first time."