The Reynoldsburg High School baseball team followed a rough stretch at the end of April with a strong first two weeks of May.
The Raiders were hoping to continue the latter during the Division I district tournament.
On May 12, 28th-seeded Reynoldsburg defeated 43rd-seeded Walnut Ridge 12-2 in a first-round game. The Raiders played 10th-seeded Hilliard Darby in a second-round game May 14.
The Raiders lost to Lancaster 12-6 on May 8 and to Groveport 5-4 on May 9 to finish 5-9 in the OCC-Ohio Division. They had won four of five before May 8 and were 13-13 overall before playing Darby.
Zach Ruschill pitched a complete game but took the loss against Groveport, dropping his record to 5-2.
After sweeping Hartley 11-0 and 12-7 in a doubleheader May 3, Reynoldsburg beat Newark 7-6 on May 5, lost to Pickerington North 7-3 on May 6 and beat Groveport 6-5 on May 7.
In the first contest against Groveport, Alex Core pitched a complete game, giving up seven hits.
The Raiders scored the winning run in the seventh against visiting Newark as Ruschill earned a complete-game win.
Through 20 games, Hunter Steele was hitting .421 with 21 RBI.
If Reynoldsburg won its first two tournament games, it would play third-seeded Grove City or 40th-seeded Licking Heights in a district semifinal Tuesday, May 20, at Olentangy. The district final is May 22 at Ohio Dominican.
Softball team opens tourney
The softball team was seeded 39th for the Division I district tournament and opened the postseason by playing host to 41st-seeded Northland on May 13.
Mike McDaniel, who is in his first season as Reynoldsburg's coach, was Northland's coach from 2009-10.
The Raiders were 5-16 overall and 0-13 in the OCC-Ohio. They still had a makeup against Pickerington Central.
The Reynoldsburg-Northland winner plays Thursday, May 15, at second-seeded Delaware in a second-round game. The winner plays 10th-seeded Dublin Jerome, 22nd-seeded Pickerington North or 32nd-seeded Lancaster in a district semifinal Tuesday, May 20, at Pickerington North. The district final is May 23 or 24 at Pickerington Central.
On May 6, Reynoldsburg beat Dublin Scioto 6-2 as Sydney Brown pitched a two-hitter.
On May 9, the Raiders tried to avenge a 16-5, nine-inning loss April 23 to Groveport. They led 2-0 entering the bottom of the fourth, but lost 13-3.
Track teams set for busy stretch
The boys and girls track and field teams compete Thursday, May 15, and Saturday, May 17, in the OCC-Ohio meet at Thomas Worthington.
The teams then compete in the Division I, district 1 meet Tuesday, May 20, May 22 and May 24 at Hilliard Darby. The top four finishers in each event advance to the regional May 28 and 30 at Pickerington North.
On May 7, the girls were sixth (32) in the 15-team Eastmoor Academy Relays behind champion Gahanna (81).
The 400-meter shuttle hurdles relay of Alexis Anderson, Brianna Barber, Gloria Opoku and Maisha Rash was second (1 minute, 6.71 seconds), the 1,600 relay of Tylar Mixon, Opoku, Cymone Rodgers and Nicole Thatcher took third (4:23.15) and the 400 relay of Barber, Monique Bolton, Mixon and Rodgers took fourth (50.9).
The boys finished eighth (28.5) of 13 teams at Eastmoor behind the champion and host Warriors (87).
The discus relay of Mark Gooden (113 feet, 3 3/4 inches) and Tyler Britton (99-7 1/2) was third, the 800 sprint medley of Ashton Dulin, Caleb Holbrook, Travis Marx and Shandon Mitchell placed fourth (1:36.27) and Jeffrey Snyder took sixth in the 800 (2:12.63).