Pickerington High School Central baseball coach Chick Campbell said he and his peers are going to have to do their homework before attending the Division I district draw meeting.

Pickerington High School Central baseball coach Chick Campbell said he and his peers are going to have to do their homework before attending the Division I district draw meeting.

Even that may not be enough to make intelligent decisions, however.

Weather postponements and cancellations will mean a lot of guesswork as coaches seed teams online over the next two days in preparation for the draw on Sunday, May 1, at Jonathan Alder.

The 39 teams begin postseason play on May 9.

"A lot of it will be looking at scores in the paper, knowing who teams have played and talking with other coaches," Campbell said. "This has been one of our craziest springs yet, so it's going to come down to paying attention.

"I mean, we haven't even seen Newark yet (until this week) or Grove City or Reynoldsburg. How do I vote on them? This is the year you might have to just say, 'I don't have a clue.' It's very unfortunate because that's not the way it's supposed to be. We're all in the same boat, I suppose, but that doesn't make it any easier.

"And the forecast isn't much better this week, so who knows what will happen? I can't imagine the seeding will look much different than the (district) coaches poll."

A team like the Tigers might be among the most difficult to seed if coaches put more weight on records than strength of schedule. Half of their four losses entering this week came against Pickerington North, which was ranked second behind Cincinnati Moeller in the state poll released on April 19.

Central also has lost to Strongsville, which was ranked sixth, and split with OCC-Ohio Division rival Gahanna, which was ranked ninth.

"I would hope people realize the kind of schedule we've played, anyway. If so, that would help," Campbell said. "But that's out of our control.

"What we can control is how we finish. If we win out we could go to our last series (May 4 at Reynoldsburg and at home against the Raiders on May 6) with a chance to share the league title just like last year.

"They beat us in that last game and we had to settle for second place, and we'd like to be in the same position with a chance to redeem ourselves."

•The North baseball team, which played a recent stretch of five games decided by one run and won four of them, is looking formidable heading into its final two OCC-Ohio series against Newark and defending-champion Grove City.

Eleven players, including nine regulars, were batting .300 or higher through 17 games as the Panthers were hitting .337 as a team. They included Kyle Chontos (.440) and Austin Butler (.400). The RBI leaders were Butler (15), Alex Green (13), Cale Giddings (12), Chontos (11) and Scott Pancoast (10). Chontos had scored a team-high 15 runs, followed by Zack Huskey (14) and Matt Murtha (14). Huskey, Drew Williams and Pancoast had five stolen bases each while the team had stolen 26 in 29 attempts.

The top pitchers were Mason McGrew (3-0, 0.50 ERA), Nathan Edwards (3-0), Huskey (2-0, 0.57 ERA, two saves), Tyler Pagano (2-0, 1.91 ERA), Williams (2-0, 2.63 ERA, one save) and Kyle Sorenson (2-0, 3.63 ERA). Pagano led the staff in innings pitched (25.2) and strikeouts (22).