During the sixth inning of a 3-2 win over Granville in a Division II district final last Saturday, DeSales High School softball player Kelsey Seeds had a flashback to two years ago.

During the sixth inning of a 3-2 win over Granville in a Division II district final last Saturday, DeSales High School softball player Kelsey Seeds had a flashback to two years ago.

Granville had the bases loaded with one out, trailing 3-2. Two years ago, Canal Winchester loaded the bases against Seeds with the Stallions leading 4-3 in the sixth.

Canal Winchester ended up scoring three runs to win the district final 6-3. Last Saturday, Seeds struck out a batter and forced another to ground out.

"That was a replay of freshman year district," said Seeds, whose team played Clyde last Wednesday in a regional semifinal. "But I've been tough. I've experienced it and my defense came through for me."

The win gave the Stallions their first district championship in three seasons. A senior-laden team won in 2007 before losing in a regional semifinal. This year's team has one senior, Olivia Stranges.

It is a young group, but one that has played together for a while. The six juniors will earn their third varsity letter at season's end. The sophomores also were letterwinners as freshmen.

"Our entire starting lineup is all returnees even though none of them will graduate this year," coach Julie Barber said. "I think it means a lot. When they were younger they used to play for having fun. Now they play with a little bit of a purpose. They see the big picture."

The Stallions were seeded sixth for the district tournament. After a first-round bye, they beat Buckeye Valley 5-0 in the second round on May 14. They defeated top-seeded Hilliard Bradley 3-1 in a district semifinal five days later.

The winner of last Wednesday's regional semifinal plays LaGrange Keystone or Lakewood in a regional final at 12 p.m. Saturday at Bucyrus.

The winner of that contest plays in a state semifinal against Germantown Valley View, Kings Mills Kings, Lima Shawnee, Urbana or Wapakoneta on June 3.

•The boys track and field team is represented in five events at the Division II regional meet, which starts today and ends Saturday in New Lexington.

In the district 1 meet that concluded last Saturday at Groveport, the Stallions scored 49 points to finish seventh behind champion Eastmoor Academy (140).

Kyle Mosley cleared 5 feet, 11 inches to win the high jump and placed fourth in the 400 meters (53.51 seconds).

Having suffered two hamstring pulls this season, Mosley said he's finally feeling healthy enough to give it his all.

"It's been tough," he said. "It's taken a while to heal. This is like my first series of meets in like four or five weeks. Hopefully, I can run a fast time (at regional)."

•The girls track and field team has representatives in three events at the Division I regional meet, that began last Wednesday and concludes Friday at Pickerington North.

The Stallions were ninth (30) at the district 4 meet that concluded last Saturday at Groveport, behind champion New Albany (120).

Amy Miller cleared 5-1 to win the high jump and is seeking her first trip to the state meet, which will be held June 4-5 at Ohio State.

Melissa Thompson is seeking her second trip to state after finishing second in the 1,600 (5:15.34).

The top four finishers in each event in both the Division I and II regional meets advance to state.

•The boys lacrosse team was 10-7 before playing Dublin Jerome last Wednesday in a Division II Central region semifinal.

The winner plays Granville or New Albany in a regional final on Saturday, with the winner of that contest playing Cincinnati Indian Hill, Cincinnati Mariemont, Cincinnati Summit Country Day or Turpin in a state semifinal on Wednesday.

The Stallions beat Hilliard Bradley 16-4 in a play-in game on May 20. Two days later, they beat Wellington 11-8 in the first round.

•The girls lacrosse team played Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown in a Division II North-Central region semifinal last Tuesday.

The winner plays Mentor Lake Catholic or Olentangy Orange in a regional final today, with the winner of that game playing in a state semifinal on June 4.

DeSales beat Olentangy 10-7 in the first round on May 17.

•Myles Harris and John Acomb both were eliminated on the first day of competition at the Division II district boys tennis tournament.

Acomb lost a first-round match to Ready's Khang Thai 6-4, 6-3 and Harris lost a second-round match to Wellington's Ian Wagner 6-3, 6-3.


At a glance

Below are the regional qualifiers for the DeSales boys and girls track and field teams with district event, place and time/distance/height:

Boys - Malcolm Burrell: long jump (fourth, 19-6). Aaron Melsop: high jump (fourth, 5-8). Kyle Mosley: 400 (fourth, 53.31), high jump (first, 5-10). Brandon Shepherd: 100 (fourth, 11.53). Girls - Amy Miller: high jump (first, 5-1). Melissa Thompson: 1600 (second, 5:15.34). 3,200 relay: Thompson, Michelle Ritter, Amy Schockling and Rachel Seiffert (third, 9:54.71).