The Grove City High School softball team opened the Division I district tournament with a 6-1 win over 31st-seeded Franklin Heights in the second round May 16 at home behind a strong performance by pitcher Emma Cornell.
Cornell allowed only hit and no walks and had nine strikeouts. She had a perfect game until allowing a single by Kayla Morris in the fifth inning.
Offensively for the second-seeded Greyhounds, designated player Jordan Kennaw had two hits and two RBI, catcher Kennedy Beach had two doubles and an RBI, outfielder Lynsey Long had two hits and an RBI and infielder Destini Ewing had a triple.
"The biggest thing is just getting the opportunity to move on," coach Ted Williams said.
Grove City, which had a first-round bye, improved to 23-4 and played 13th-seeded Groveport in a district semifinal May 21 at Pickerington Central. The winner plays seventh-seeded Worthington Kilbourne or eighth-seeded Watterson in a district final Saturday, May 25, at Pickerington Central.
The district champion will face Delaware, Olentangy Liberty, Pickerington Central or Teays Valley in a regional semifinal Wednesday, May 29, at Ohio State.
Grove City defeated Watterson 2-1 on April 27 and swept Pickerington Central in OCC-Ohio Division play, winning 16-3 in five innings April 15 and 15-5 in five innings May 1.
Comets fall short against Liberty
Central Crossing lost to fourth-seeded Liberty 2-1 in the second round of the Division I district tournament May 16 to finish 12-14.
The 14th-seeded Comets scored their only run in the first inning, as shortstop Michaela Dorsey singled and later scored on a wild pitch. The host Patriots tied the game in the bottom of the first and scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI single by Rylee Kashmiry.
Comets pitcher Cassady Coukart allowed five hits and two walks and had seven strikeouts.
"It was a great game and the girls did everything I had hoped for them to do," coach Rona Dorsey said. "They went to the plate with a plan, they played exceptional
defense and every player was intense during the game. We just didn't score a run when we needed to."
Central Crossing defeated 22nd-seeded Pickerington North 10-6 in the first round May 14 at home.