The Granville High School baseball team used a four-run second inning to take an early lead, then held off DeSales 6-5 in a Division II district final May 22 at Beavers Field.
Senior Devon Dager’s two-run home run to left field highlighted the second for the Blue Aces, who improved to 21-6 and won their first district championship since 2000.
“We got it going early, yeah, but (DeSales) stuck at it,” Granville coach Vince Ghiloni said. “At least we got an early lead. The good thing is we hit. My kids can hit as good as any team out there. That keeps us in games.”
The two-time defending state champion Stallions (14-17) climbed closer in the third when junior Bryan Stopar had a two-out, two-run single. Junior Sean Hoban’s two-out RBI single in the fourth scored junior Nic Danner to make it 4-3.
Granville got needed insurance in the fifth when senior Clay Hartness’ two-run double made it 6-3.
Every starter had at least one hit for the Blue Aces, who outhit the Stallions 11-5 and advanced to play Bellevue, Lexington, Lima Shawnee or Wapakoneta in a regional semifinal May 30 at Tiffin University.
“They swung the bats well and did a nice job offensively. Unfortunately, it took us a while to get our bats going,” DeSales coach Tom Neubert said. “We had a lot of opportunities early on and we missed them.”
DeSales mounted a seventh-inning threat. Senior Alex Perrine doubled and scored on Stopar’s RBI double, and sophomore Justin Borghese singled in Stopar to make it 6-5. But Hartness induced a fly out to right from junior Connor Golden to end the game.