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Baseball teams ready for district tournament

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Charles Peppers and the Brookhaven baseball team will play host to Columbus South in the first round of the Division II district tournament on Tuesday, May 13.
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The Beechcroft, Brookhaven and Northland high school baseball teams are preparing for their respective district tournament matchups.

On May 4, the Cougars and Bearcats learned who they will play in the Division II district tournament and the Vikings learned who they will play in Division I.

Northland beat Linden-McKinley 10-0 on May 2 and was 8-3 overall and 5-3 in the City League-North Division before playing Mifflin on May 5.

During the Vikings' league losses to Whetstone (9-2 on April 23) and Centennial (8-5 on April 25), they committed a combined 14 errors.

"(The) team is progressing well, but we're having difficulties on defense," coach Dean Washington said. "Our pitchers only gave up three earned runs in those two losses."

Through 10 games, Gary Miller was batting .414 and Dante Smith had 14 stolen bases. A.J. Seum was among area leaders in strikeouts with 34.

In an April 17 doubleheader against Walnut Ridge, Justin Hill hit the game-winning grand slam in a 5-1 win and pitched a complete game in a 3-0 victory.

Northland played May 7 at home against Beechcroft, which was 0-11 overall and 0-6 in the City-North before playing Whetstone on May 5.

Seniors Scott Scase and Jordan Nalls and freshman Anthony Wolff have been the top players for Beechcroft, according to coach Matt Bell.

Brookhaven was 7-9 overall and 5-2 in the City-North before playing Columbus East on May 5 and Whetstone on May 6.

Brian Brockman and Steven Pelletier have been the team's top hitters, with Fred Slone and Giovaughnni Bonner leading the pitching staff and Fortese Smith (CF) and Charles Peppers (SS) leading the defense, according to coach Joe Krabill.

Among the highlights has been an 11-9 win over Centennial on April 23.

"We took a step in beating Centennial for the first time in 13 years," coach Joe Krabill said.

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