The Marysville High School baseball team earned its first district title since 1992 by defeating Watkins Memorial 7-2 on May 23 at Ohio Dominican University.
The 14th-seeded Monarchs improved to 21-7 and will play Gahanna in a Division I regional semifinal May 30 at Dublin Coffman.
Third-seeded Watkins Memorial finished 22-7.
“This is something we’ve been working towards for a long time,” Marysville coach John Carder said. “We’ve kind of had our ups and downs, and these guys have really come together the last two or three weeks in the season and kind of found themselves at the right time. We’re playing really well right now and we just want to keep that on a roll and keep going.”
The regional semifinal winner will play Hilliard Darby, Thomas Worthington or Grove City in a regional final May 31 at Coffman.
Darby, the district’s 13th seed, defeated top-seeded Pickerington North 2-0 on May 22 and fourth-seeded Thomas was leading seventh-seeded Grove City 6-0 in the sixth inning May 23 when play was suspended because of bad weather. Play will resume May 24 at Otterbein.
The Monarchs defeated Briggs 6-5 for their 1992 district title, which came in Division II.
Marysville was playing in its first district final since 2003, when it lost to Upper Arlington 11-5.
Against Watkins Memorial, sophomore pitcher Aron Mowery went the distance, allowing six hits, striking out 12 and walking none.
The Monarchs scored a run in the first and another in the fourth for a 2-0 lead and added five runs in the sixth to make it 7-0.
Kyle Hites’ two-run double was the key hit in the sixth.
Matt Mulholland and Nick Ciotola each had two hits for the Monarchs.
The Warriors scored their runs in the seventh, with the first coming on Steve Asbury’s leadoff home run.