It seemed almost fitting that the New Albany High School baseball team concluded its season playing in less than ideal weather conditions.

It seemed almost fitting that the New Albany High School baseball team concluded its season playing in less than ideal weather conditions.

"It rained the whole game," coach Bob Talpas said following a 3-0 loss to Reynoldsburg in a Division I district semifinal May 19 at DeSales. "The field, well, it was good enough to play on, I guess. But it just kept spitting (rain), and then it really picked up at the end and kept coming and coming.

"It was the same for both teams, but it was a miserable day to play."

The third-seeded Eagles, who were playing for the first time in five days and had eight days between postseason games after the semifinal was postponed twice, finished 19-7 overall. They lost 5-3 to eventual Division I district champion Gahanna in the regular-season finale on May 14 and defeated Dublin Scioto 9-0 in the second round of the district tournament on May 11 after having a first-round bye.

The Raiders, who went on to lose 12-7 to fourth-seeded Westerville Central in a district final on May 21, got a two-run homer from Jon Sheline in the first inning and scored three times against junior pitcher Wynston McMartin before he settled down. McMartin finished with a 5-2 record and is expected to anchor next year's pitching staff along with classmate Shane Kriss, who posted a 5-0 mark.

Ninth-seeded Grove City captured the other district championship. Gahanna was the fifth seed.

"The brackets don't lie," Talpas said of the fact that none of the top three teams, including top-seeded Pickerington North and second-seeded Dublin Coffman, advanced to the regional. "The tournament's always a different experience, and it's been a strange year."

Senior Shane Krebs was named OCC-Capital Division Player of the Year as the Eagles finished 11-3 to capture the league title. Olentangy Orange was second at 9-5, followed by Mount Vernon (8-5), Watkins Memorial (8-5), Delaware (6-7), Big Walnut (6-8), Hilliard Bradley (6-8) and Franklin Heights (0-13). Four of the eight teams did not complete their league schedules.

Five OCC-Capital teams reached a district semifinal, including Watkins Memorial and Orange in Division I and Big Walnut and Bradley in Division II.

McMartin joined Krebs as a first-team all-league selection, and both made first-team all-district. Senior Bryant Bednarek, who will play football at Davidson College in Davidson, N.C., made honorable mention all-district. Krebs, who Talpas said was named to the Minuzo all-state team, is looking at Akron and also is considering walking on at Ohio State.

The other seniors are Nick Bowman, Demaree Parsons, Nick Sosh, Ray VanBoven and Austin Winterbauer. Parsons had a 3-1 pitching record and VanBoven was 4-3.

In addition to McMartin and Kriss, expected to return are juniors Dan Brittan (OF), Austin Morlan (3B/P), Zach Sevenish (2B), Nick Stahlman (SS) and Zach Tomi (OF). Morlan had a 2-0 pitching record. Kriss also played first base.

"We had a good year; I'll take it," said Talpas, whose team won its third league championship in five seasons after unseating two-time champion Mount Vernon. "We won 19 games. A lot of teams would take that, especially this year."