Hunter Broadstone will get a chance to play at least one more meaningful game with his teammates on the Hilliard Davidson High School baseball team.

Hunter Broadstone will get a chance to play at least one more meaningful game with his teammates on the Hilliard Davidson High School baseball team.

The Wildcats will play in a Division I regional semifinal at 5 p.m. today at Dublin Coffman against Harrison, the winner of the Cincinnati No. 5 district.

"It's amazing to make it this far," said Broadstone, who had a triple and a single, two runs and two RBI in a 13-2 six-inning victory over Zanesville on May 21 at Dublin Jerome in a district final to send his team to its first regional since 2004.

"Most of us have been playing together since we were 8 or 9 years old and it makes it that much more special to accomplish something like (a district title)."

Harrison, which is also called the Wildcats, defeated Cincinnati Oak Hills 6-5 in a district semifinal last Friday at Cincinnati Princeton to move to 19-7.

"They are a good, solid high school baseball team, but we weren't in awe of them," said coach Jim Dougherty, whose team was 22-5 overall before playing tune-ups last Monday against DeSales and last Tuesday against Olentangy Liberty. "We think we have a chance against them."

In the district final, Harrison senior ace Markus Kykendahl was spotted a 5-0 lead, but surrendered two runs in the fifth inning and gave up a game-tying three-run home run to Oak Hills' Matt Malloy in the seventh to tie the game at 5.

Kykendahl was relieved by junior Chase Stevens, who was the winning pitcher when Harrison scored in the bottom of the inning. Kyle Nowlin had a one-out triple and Oak Hills walked the bases loaded. Bo Fette then grounded to first, but the throw to the plate went to the backstop, allowing Nowlin to score.

"They have some tough outs," Doughetry said. "I thought they did a great job of putting the ball in play and making (Oak Hills) work to make outs."

After last Friday, senior outfielder Artie Houston was batting .364 with 20 hits, 16 RBI and eight stolen bases. Fette, a senior outfielder, was hitting .342 with 26 hits, 16 runs, 18 RBI and 10 stolen bases. Kykendahl had a .342 average with 25 hits, seven doubles, two triples, two home runs, 26 runs, 17 RBI and eight stolen bases.

Nowlin, a freshman outfielder, was batting .311 with 23 hits, 26 runs, 12 stolen bases and four triples. Junior catcher Jeremy Buechel had a .328 average with 11 RBI.

Kykendahl was 7-1 with a 2.42 ERA in 63 2/3 innings with 88 strikeouts, 24 walks and 49 hits. Stevens had a 3-1 record with a 2.36 ERA in 35 2/3 innings with 36 hits, 34 strikeouts and 15 walks.

"(Kykendahl) is pretty much a fastball pitcher, but he also has a curve and a change," Dougherty said. "What impressed me most about him is that he pitches on both the inside and outside of the plate."

Before last Monday, Broadstone led Davidson with a .379 average, 29 runs, 33 hits and three triples. Tyler Backstrom was hitting .340 with 31 runs, seven homers, 31 RBI and 32 hits. Andrew Gronski was batting .364 with 32 hits, 10 doubles and 21 RBI.

Kenny Klatt was hitting .327 with two home runs and Phil Huff was batting .321 with nine doubles and 19 RBI. Grant Goodwin had a .318 average with 27 runs and 18 RBI. Zac Daniels had scored 28 times and had two homers.

On the mound, Backstrom was 6-0 with a 3.58 ERA, 26 strikeouts and nine walks in 45 innings. Huff was 5-2 with a 1.88 ERA and two saves in 41 innings with 35 strikeouts and 10 walks. A.J. Pope was 3-3 with a 1.79 ERA, 22 strikeouts and 10 walks in 27 innings.

The winner will play in a regional final at 5 p.m. Friday at Coffman against Gahanna or Pickerington North. Gahanna was 23-5 after beating Pickerington Central 8-0 in a district final on May 20 at Coffman. North was 27-3 after beating Liberty on May 21 in a district final at Coffman.

"I think both of those teams are very good and it should be a tight game," Doughetry said. "I think they have a clash of styles. Gahanna is pitching-dominated and Pickerington North has good pitching, but they also really swing the bat well."

The regional champion will advance to a state semifinal at 7 p.m. June 5 at Huntington Park in Columbus against the Canton Regional winner. Those teams include Green, Brecksville-Broadview Heights, Lakewood St. Edward and Cleveland South. The championship will be at 7 p.m. June 6 at Huntington Park.

The tuneup games last Monday and last Tuesday will help keep the Wildcats sharp entering the two-day regional.

"Having a whole week off between games is a long time for this point in the season when you're used to playing three or four times a week," assistant coach Pat Schmidt said. "This gave us a chance to give the guys an innning or two to stay sharp and also to give the younger guys some playing time."