After winning its first district title since 2006, the Olentangy High School baseball team lost to top-ranked Grove City 11-1 in five innings in a Division I regional semifinal May 24 at Dublin Coffman.

After winning its first district title since 2006, the Olentangy High School baseball team lost to top-ranked Grove City 11-1 in five innings in a Division I regional semifinal May 24 at Dublin Coffman.

The Braves lost their first three games, but finished 19-10 overall and won a second consecutive OCC-Cardinal Division title.

"We were really focused on our goals, just like every year," senior second baseman and pitcher Tyler McFarland said. "First we wanted to win the league -- and we did that -- and then we wanted to win the district, and we were able to do that. So that was something we can be proud of."

Olentangy went 10-4 to win the OCC-Cardinal ahead of Dublin Jerome (9-5), Marysville (8-5), Westerville North (8-6), Liberty (7-7), Westerville Central (7-7), Dublin Scioto (6-7) and Westerville South (0-14).

"We really started to slow down (after the rough start) and we started doing things correctly," said Ryan Dubil, a senior pitcher and shortstop. "That's when we started playing well."

In the regional semifinal, the Greyhounds scored three runs in the second and sent 13 batters to the plate in the third while scoring eight times. Grove City starter Kyle Bennett struck out two, walked one and gave up two hits in 4 1/3 innings to pick up the win.

"(The Greyhounds) swing the bat pretty well, but we had to play better," said coach Steve Little, who is retiring after 11 seasons at Olentangy and 26 seasons as a varsity head coach. "We had a chance with two guys on and no outs in the first and didn't score. We were able to knock those people in at district."

Sophomore Christian Brett reached on an error to lead off the first and McFarland moved him to second with a single, but Bennett got three fly-ball outs to end the inning.

Brett later drove in junior Casey Stanley for the only Olentangy run with a fourth-inning single.

Tyler Kent hit a two-run home run and a two-run double to lead Grove City.

In a district final May 16 at Ohio Wesleyan, Dubil tossed a six-hitter with four strikeouts and three walks while battling the early stages of mononucleosis to send the Braves to the regional tournament with a 5-3 win over Gahanna.

The illness limited Dubil against Grove City. He played shortstop, but Avery Moore stepped in for him at the plate as a designated hitter.

"We would have liked to use Ryan (in the regional semifinal), but he wouldn't have been cleared to pitch until (May 25)," Little said. "It was something we had to work through."

In a district semifinal, Olentangy beat St. Charles 9-3 on May 14 after beating Scioto 9-1 on May 9 in a second-round game. The ninth-seeded Braves had a first-round bye.

Olentangy had seven seniors in Will Brett (OF), Dubil, Kris Elmer (P), McFarland, Moore (P/1B), Jonathan Seymour (OF) and Woody Wallace (C), who was OCC-Cardinal Player of the Year.

"This was a great group of kids who won a lot of games," Little said. "They loved the game and played hard and that's all you can ask for."

Starters expected back next season are juniors Griffin Binkley (OF/P), Jacob Kaylor (1B) and Stanley (P/3B) as well as sophomores Christian Brett (OF/3B/2B) and Tim Feasel (OF).

Also expected to return are juniors Trent Boucher (3B), Luke Hartline (C/OF), Adam Green (P/OF) and Michael Watkins (P) and sophomore Anthony Allocco (OF/P).