The Central Crossing High School softball team entered new territory as it prepared for a Division I regional semifinal against Teays Valley on Thursday, May 26, at Ohio State.

The Central Crossing High School softball team entered new territory as it prepared for a Division I regional semifinal against Teays Valley on Thursday, May 26, at Ohio State.

The Comets won their first district title with a 2-1 victory over Dresden Tri-Valley on May 21 at Pickerington Central.

Coach Rona Dorsey said her team, which is 24-2 overall, is nowhere near reaching its potential.

"(Winning a district championship) is history making for our school and our team," said Dorsey, whose team avenged a 5-4 loss to the Scotties in their 2010 tournament opener. "Lots of other schools have history to fall back on and championship teams to point to, but we are starting it for our school."

To add to their legacy the Comets will have to get past the Vikings, who improved to 19-9 overall by defeating Groveport 2-0 in 10 innings in a district final May 21. The Comets beat the Vikings 4-3 in 12 innings last season on a Savannah Dorsey home run.

Coach Dorsey and daughter Savannah were impressed watching Teays Valley finish off the Cruisers.

"Their pitcher (Kristin Gill) can move the pitches and changes speeds," coach Dorsey said. "They're a good team that came on steadily throughout the season."

"Teays Valley fought the entire game, and they got the win at the end," Savannah added.

The same could be said for the Comets pitcher. With two outs in the first inning and two strikes on Tri-Valley's Ali Smith, Savannah Dorsey allowed a solo home run that gave the Scotties a 1-0 lead.

"I knew if we would've lost 1-0 it would've been all my fault. I knew I had to do something from then on out. I had this drive to do better," she said. "After I walked into the dugout, the whole team said to me 'It's fine. It's just the first inning. We can do this.'"

After the home run, she gave up only three more hits and had 14 strikeouts while improving her record to 24-2. The junior was surprised she had so many strikeouts.

"If you had me guess, I would have said three or four," she said.

The top-seeded Comets tied the game at 1 in the bottom of the fourth when Dakota Pyles scored on a Kendra Willis groundout. With two outs in the fifth, Allissa Turkovich hit a solo homer, the team's 18th of the season, to give the Comets the lead.

Pyles and Willis went 2-for-3, and Rhodes and Turkovich were 1-for-3 for the Comets, who were held to six hits.

"You hate to rely on the long ball, but it's great when it shows up," coach Dorsey said. "We've had a lot of two-out rallies this season. I kind of expected something to happen. It was nice to see (Turkovich) step up."

•Defensive lapses, the recurring theme in Grove City's nine losses this season, led to the Greyhounds' ouster from the Division I district tournament.

Grove City, which lost last year's state final to Massillon Perry 10-0, committed five errors in its 8-5 loss to Teays Valley in a district semifinal on May 20 at Pickerington Central.

"We just didn't come out and play defense," said coach Ted Williams, whose team finished 19-9 overall. "When you play defense like that, you can't expect to win many games."

Trailing 6-2, Rachael Ash hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth for the fourth-seeded Greyhounds.

The game, which originally was scheduled for May 17, was halted with Grove City trailing 5-2 in the third inning May 19 and completed May 20, but Williams said that didn't affect his team.

"It's hard when you are down three with 12 outs to go, but I was pleased with the way the girls stuck together," Williams said. "There was no quit in this team. That was the biggest thing. They were focused."

Grove City placed fourth in the OCC-Ohio Division with an 8-6 record, ending a string of three consecutive league championships. The Greyhounds finished behind Groveport (13-1), Gahanna (11-3) and Pickerington Central (10-4) and ahead of Pickerington North (6-8), Newark (4-10), Lancaster (4-10) and Reynoldsburg (0-14).

Grove City will lose three seniors in catcher Taryn Allmon, second baseman Kaitlyn Baldogo and outfielder Chelsea Garner.

Juniors Amber Bova, Ashton Salyers and Taylor Hottman are expected to return to the outfield. Juniors Madison Hottman and Kaitlyn Rice, sophomore Hayley Garner and freshmen Ash and Jordan Kennaw are expected back in the infield, while junior Lindsae McConnell should be back as a pitcher. Ash and Salyers batted over .400 while Allmon and Madison Hottman batted over .375.

Williams said Baldogo, Allmon and Chelsea Garner showed the underclassmen what it meant to be a leader. Allmon, an Akron signee, volunteered to move from center field to catcher to fill a need, and Baldogo asked to move down in the lineup when she wasn't producing at the plate.

"They are all three unselfish players," Williams said. "They weren't screamers or yellers. They were the 'hey come follow me' type of players."