The Grove City High School baseball team captured its first regional title since 1983 by defeating Westerville Central 10-3 in a Division I regional final on May 28 at Dublin Coffman.

The Grove City High School baseball team captured its first regional title since 1983 by defeating Westerville Central 10-3 in a Division I regional final on May 28 at Dublin Coffman.

The Greyhounds improved to 22-10 and advanced to play Liberty Township Lakota East or Vandalia Butler in a state semifinal at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 2, at Huntington Park. The state final will be played at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 4, at Huntington Park.

Central, which defeated Gahanna 7-4 in a regional semifinal on May 26, finished 24-8.

Leading 4-3 in the top of the seventh, Grove City broke the game open with six runs off Central pitchers John Whitaker and Cameron Box. Mitchell Stephens, the starting pitcher for the Greyhounds, hit a grand slam in the inning.

Ken Reichle and T.J. DeVore later hit back-to-back home runs to cap the scoring.

The Greyhounds struck first, as Caleb Woodson hit a two-run homer in the first inning against Central starter Chris Gygi.

The Warhawks took a 3-2 lead with three runs in the bottom of third. Connor Sitz led off the inning with a single and, two outs later, Jerry McCartney hit a two-run homer to left field to tie the game at 2. Kyle Pollock, who has signed with Ohio State, followed with a home run to left to give Central the lead.

That lead stood until the fifth inning when Grove City scored two runs. Drew Artrip led off the inning with a double and scored on a throwing error by Gygi when no one was covering first base on a bunt by Ryan Belmonte. A sacrifice fly by Tyler Kent scored Belmonte with the go-ahead run.

Stephens pitched four innings to earn the win. Artrip held the Warhawks scoreless over the final three innings.

Grove City defeated West Chester Lakota West 5-3 in a regional semifinal on May 27 at Coffman.