Amanda Herron of the DeSales High School softball team is heading to Eastern Michigan next season with a reputation as a line-drive hitter, but in a Division II district final against Hilliard Bradley she showed she also can hit for power.

Amanda Herron of the DeSales High School softball team is heading to Eastern Michigan next season with a reputation as a line-drive hitter, but in a Division II district final against Hilliard Bradley she showed she also can hit for power.

Herron's two-run home run, her second of the season, is all DeSales needed to win a second consecutive district championship as the top-seeded Stallions defeated Hilliard Bradley 2-0 at Pickerington Central on May 20.

"We knew it was going to come down to one play like that," said coach Julie Barber, whose team was 24-3 before playing New Concord John Glenn in a regional semifinal on May 25. "Both teams were on their games. It's a shame it was a district final."

The batter before Herron, Courtney Somers, doubled just beyond the reach of Bradley's center fielder with two outs.

"I thought, finally, they made a mistake," said Herron, who was instructed to crowd the plate to prevent Bradley pitcher Kellie Roudabush from effectively using her outside pitches.

DeSales defeated Granville 3-2 to win a district title last year. In 2008, DeSales lost to Canal Winchester 6-4 in a district final.

The day before beating Bradley, DeSales defeated Big Walnut 13-3 in six innings in a district semifinal.

"It definitely helps being in this situation before," said pitcher Kelsey Seeds, who allowed one hit against Bradley. "(Against Big Walnut) we got a rally going to get that win and we came in here today ready to play."

The regional semifinal winner advanced to play Duncan Falls Philo or Logan Elm in a regional final on Saturday, May 28, at Pickerington Central.

The regional champion plays in a state semifinal June 2 at Akron Firestone.

•The baseball team came through in two extra-inning games to win its third district championship in four years.

After beating Canal Winchester 11-10 in 10 innings in a district semifinal at Dublin Jerome on May 20, the Stallions defeated Big Walnut 5-4 in nine innings in a district final the following day at Grove City.

DeSales scored two runs in the seventh inning in both games to force extra innings. The Stallions trailed 9-4 in the fifth inning against Canal Winchester.

"I told them that you can't get comfortable getting behind in games, but they've been able to come back and win those games," said coach Tom Neubert, whose team improved to 15-8. "We've played 19 innings in two games. We've found a way to make plays and get the runs."

DeSales advanced to play Uhrichsville Claymont in a regional semifinal Thursday, May 26, at Zanesville. The winner plays Chillicothe Unioto or Steubenville on Friday, May 27, at Zanesville.

•The boys lacrosse team played New Albany in a semifinal of the Division II Central Region tournament on May 25. The winner plays on Saturday, May 28, in a regional final against Jerome or Bradley. The regional champion plays in a state semifinal on Wednesday, June 1.

The Stallions, who were 15-1 before May 25, defeated Dublin Scioto 10-3 in a first-round game on May 20.

•John Acomb and Paul Rosile of the boys tennis team will compete in the Division II state tournament Friday and Saturday, May 27-28, at Hilliard Davidson. Acomb and Rosile qualified by finishing second in doubles at district May 21 at Columbus Academy. The duo lost to Academy's Langston Hughes and Chris Perrini 6-7, 7-5, 6-3 in the championship match.

•The boys track and field team's 800-meter relay won the Division II, district 1 title May 21 at Hamilton Township. The relay of Breyon Bowman, LaShaun Sanders, Tariq DeGraffinreed and Warren Ball finished first in 1 minute, 31.28 seconds. Heath was second in 1:31.32. The Stallions scored 103 points to finish second at district behind Caledonia River Valley (104.5).

The top four in each event advanced to regional, where they will compete Thursday, May 26, and Saturday, May 28, at Lexington. The top four in each event at regional advance to the state meet June 3-4 at Ohio State.

•The girls track and field team was seventh (46) in the Division I, district 3 meet at Bradley, which Scioto won with 139 points. The regional meet for the girls is at Pickerington North. It started May 25 and concludes Friday, May 27.

•The girls lacrosse team finished 5-11, losing to Bradley 13-8 in the first round of the Division I South/Central region tournament on May 16.