The Grove City High School baseball team will be making its second consecutive trip to a Division I state semifinal by defeating Olentangy Orange 7-4 in a regional final May 25 at Dublin Coffman.

The Grove City High School baseball team will be making its second consecutive trip to a Division I state semifinal by defeating Olentangy Orange 7-4 in a regional final May 25 at Dublin Coffman.

The top-ranked Greyhounds (26-2) will play second-ranked Cincinnati Moeller or Cincinnati Elder at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 31, at Huntington Park. Last year, Grove City lost to Liberty Township Lakota East 7-2 in a state semifinal.

Grove City's Mitchell Stephens (9-0) went 6 2/3 innings for the victory. He struck out five, walked four, hit a batter and surrendered four runs on seven hits.

Kyle Bennett struck out the only batter he faced to earn the save.

"I couldn't find my changeup early, so I started focusing on hitting my spots," Stephens said. "I had a lot of walks early (three in the first three innings) and didn't want that to keep happening."

Leading 2-1 in the bottom of the fourth, the Pioneers (27-4) loaded the bases with no outs. Stephens got out of the jam, striking out two of the next three batters.

"Mitchell pitched like a bulldog," Grove City coach Ryan Alexander said. "We went from going bases loaded with no outs to having all of the momentum."

Grove City scored three runs in both the fifth and sixth innings to seize control. Drew Nankivell and Stephens had RBI singles in the fifth and Stephens had a two-run single in the sixth.

Jimmy Gravett had three singles and Tyler Kent added two more for the Greyhounds. Dan Cronin had a double.

Luke Wolford tripled and doubled for the Pioneers, and Brady Harris doubled and singled. Bill McCague hit a solo home run in the seventh.