Eight errors in two games left the Hilliard Darby High School baseball team looking for help in the race for the OCC-Cardinal Division championship.
The Panthers fell to 8-3 in the league after being swept by Westerville Central, losing 2-1 on May 2 and 4-2 on May 5.
Darby, which was 11-10 overall before playing OCC-Cardinal games against Dublin Scioto on May 6 and Bradley on May 7, concludes league play Friday, May 9, at Bradley. Central was 10-1 in the league entering play May 6.
Darby committed two errors in the first game against Central and had six errors that led to four unearned runs, including three in the top of the seventh inning, in the second game against the Warhawks.
Nate Green pitched six hitless innings in the second game against Central. He was relieved by Eric Norton, who had two hits and scored two runs, in the seventh after the first batter of the inning reached base on a throwing error.
In his previous mound appearance, Norton threw the program's first perfect game, as Darby beat Scioto 10-0 in five innings in a league contest May 1.
"It was something to watch," coach Chris Fugitt said of the perfect game. "Nate struck out 12 of the 15 batters he faced. It was a lot of fun."
The Panthers lost two games in the St. Charles Classic on May 3, falling to the host Cardinals 9-8 in eight innings and Toledo Central Catholic 6-1.
Darby is seeded 10th of 45 teams in the Division I district tournament and has a first-round bye. It opens Wednesday, May 14, at home against 28th-seeded Reynoldsburg or 43rd-seeded Walnut Ridge in the second round.
The Panthers have not played the Raiders or Scots this season.
The second-round winner plays third-seeded Grove City, 27th-seeded Briggs or 40th-seeded Licking Heights in a district semifinal May 20.
"If you can't field the ball, it doesn't matter who you play," Fugitt said. "You play like we did (May 5), we'll be one-and-out."
Wildcats seeded 12th in district tourney
Davidson was 10-10 overall and 4-7 in the OCC-Central before playing Marysville on May 7.
The Wildcats are seeded 12th in the Division I district tournament and have a first-round bye. They open Wednesday, May 14, at home against 19th-seeded Whetstone or 31st-seeded Canal Winchester in the second round.
Davidson has not played the Braves or Indians this season.
The second-round winner plays top-seeded Thomas Worthington or 45th-seeded Westland in a district semifinal May 19 at Dublin Coffman.
Five of the top 12 seeds in the district reside in the OCC-Central, including Davidson and Thomas. The others are Olentangy Liberty (third), Marysville (sixth) and Upper Arlington (ninth).
"I think our (league) got a lot of respect," coach Justin Swallie said. "And it was good to get a first-round bye. We were scheduled to play just about every day this week, so that will give us some time to rest up before the intensity of the postseason begins."
Luke Smith struck out seven and picked up the win as Davidson beat Liberty 5-4 on May 1. Travis Brown had two hits to lead the Wildcats.
Davidson was swept by Thomas in OCC play, losing 4-0 on May 2 and 4-1 on May 5.
Jaguars set to open tourney at Lancaster
Bradley was 8-13 overall and 2-8 in the OCC-Cardinal before playing Westerville North on May 6 and Darby on May 7.
The Jaguars, who beat Scioto 2-1 on May 5, are seeded 34th in the Division I district tournament and play at 23rd-seeded Lancaster in the first round Monday, May 12. They lost to Lancaster 10-7 on April 4.
The first-round winner plays at 13th-seeded Zanesville in the second round Wednesday, May 14. The second-round winner plays fifth-seeded Westerville Central, 29th-seeded Teays Valley or 35th-seeded Newark in a district semifinal May 20 at Davidson.
Bradley defeated Davidson 7-5 on May 3, as Jacob Lehman stole home as part of a double steal in the top of the seventh inning. Andy Goins had an RBI double in the seventh, and Drew Haynes picked up the win in relief.