Chad Young hasn't always known what to expect from the Hartley High School baseball team during his first season as coach.
The inconsistencies of a team that has battled to stay around .500 sometimes have shown.
He was pleased, though, with what he saw during a 10-2 win over 12th-seeded Galion Northmor on May 16 in the second round of the Division III district tournament.
The fifth-seeded Hawks committed two errors but got a complete game from Andrew Gilliland and put together a 10-hit performance to advance to a district semifinal May 19 against third-seeded Fredericktown at Olentangy.
"We ran the bases well, got some bunts down and got a real good pitching effort out of Andrew Gilliland," Young said.
Hartley, which last made it to a district semifinal in 2011 when it competed in Division II, was 11-13 before playing Fredericktown. The winner played in a district final against top-seeded Columbus Academy or sixth-seeded West Jefferson on May 21 at Beavers Field in Lancaster.
The district champion plays in a regional semifinal May 29 at Elida.
Gilliland gave up one earned run and struck out five against Northmor. Austin Rawlins had three hits and three RBI, Adam Lowe had two RBI and Sam Montgomery added two hits, one stolen base and one RBI.
Softball team also makes district semi
The seventh-seeded softball team played fourth-seeded Lakewood on May 19 at Pickerington North in a Division II district semifinal.
The winner plays top-seeded and defending state champion Licking Valley or ninth-seeded Buckeye Valley for a district championship Friday, May 23, or Saturday, May 24, at Pickerington Central.
The district champion plays Dover, Minerva, Wintersville Indian Creek or Steubenville in a regional semifinal Wednesday, May 28, at Pickerington Central.
Hartley beat 15th-seeded Brookhaven 20-0 on May 15 in the second round after having a first-round bye. The Hawks scored 10 runs in the first inning in support of freshman starting pitcher Tatum Wise, who picked up the win. Kristen Culbertson and Wise both hit grand slams.
Franz, Greer, Hart shine in track
The track and field program had two girls and one boy win multiple individual titles in the CCL meet May 15 and 17 at DeSales.
For the girls team, Emily Franz won the 800 meters (2 minutes, 17 seconds) and 1,600 (5:24.2) and Naja Greer won the 200 (25.3) and 400 (58.4).
Greer and Franz also ran on the winning 1,600 relay (4:04.7) with Ky'leana Allen and Kristian Brown, and Greer joined Deja Martin, Taneyzia Robinson and Briana Sharp on the first-place 400 relay (52.0).
For the boys team, Cameron Hart won the high jump (6 feet, 4 inches) and long jump (21-2).
"What we can compete in we try to do the best we can," coach Reggie Osborne said. "I have to evaluate things from where we started at the beginning of the season -- how well did you compete?"
The girls team finished third (94 points) behind Columbus School for Girls (145) and Watterson (138) and ahead of DeSales (90) and Ready (22). The boys were third (57) behind St. Charles (188) and DeSales (91) and ahead of Ready (27) and Watterson (13).
The girls are competing in the Division I, district 3 meet that began May 21 and continues Thursday, May 22, and Saturday, May 24, at Hilliard Darby. The top four finishers in each event advance to the regional Wednesday, May 28, and May 30 at Pickerington North.
The boys are competing in the Division II, district 1 meet that was held May 20 and 21 and concludes Saturday, May 24, at Heath. The top four finishers in each event advance to the regional May 29 and 31 at Lexington.
Franz was feeling confident heading into the district meet.
"I'm pretty happy with (my season)," she said. "It's my junior year and it's been working out."
Girls lacrosse team falls to Stallions
Although it fell behind early in the first overtime against DeSales in the second round of the Division II South/Central Region tournament May 16, the girls lacrosse team didn't panic.
The Hawks got a goal from junior attacker Colleen Feeney with 2:37 left in the second overtime and a goal from sophomore midfielder Talia Caridi that was assisted by Feeney with 30.8 seconds to go but ended up losing 15-14.
Hartley finished 8-10 overall, including an 11-9 loss to DeSales on April 29 and two overtime losses.
The Stallions led 14-11 with 1:20 to go in the first overtime of the postseason meeting.
"We've been in two overtime games, so they knew what to do, but it was (controlling) the draw that hurt us," coach Molly Gilbert said.
"We only have two seniors this year, so we were definitely really young."
The Hawks lost six of their first eight before winning five of their next eight. They opened the postseason with a 20-13 win over Watterson on May 12.
Hartley edged Watterson 14-13 in overtime April 8 in a Central Independent League game on the way to tying CSG for fourth (3-4) behind tri-champions Bexley, Columbus Academy and DeSales (6-1) and ahead of Granville (2-5), Watterson (2-5) and Wellington (0-7).
The seniors were defender Brianna Wahle, who will play for Wheeling Jesuit, and midfielder Sarah Smith.
In addition to Feeney and Caridi, key returnees should include juniors Maddy Montgomery (midfielder) and Alex Orkis (midfielder) and sophomores Emily Hernon (midfielder) and Sami Skelly (defender).
Tennis season ends at sectional
The boys tennis team's season ended in the Division II sectional tournament May 16 at CSG.
In singles, senior Logan Rahe lost in a first-round match and seniors Max Steele and Andrew Nouanesengsy lost in play-in matches.
The doubles team of seniors Roman Amorati and Andrew Price lost in a first-round match.
Hartley, which was coached by Heath Goolsby, went 0-9 overall and 0-4 in the CCL behind St. Charles (4-0), Watterson (3-1), DeSales (2-2) and Ready (1-3).