Members of the Worthington Kilbourne High School baseball team ended the season feeling a sense of accomplishment even though they fell one win shy of a Division I district championship.

Members of the Worthington Kilbourne High School baseball team ended the season feeling a sense of accomplishment even though they fell one win shy of a Division I district championship.

With 12 seniors on their roster and having won the OCC-Central Division championship last year, the Wolves entered the season with high expectations, only to go 11-11 during the regular season.

However, after putting together a district tournament run as the 22nd seed, the Wolves feel better about their season.

"The last two weeks we played some of the most exciting baseball I've ever been around," coach Jeff Boulware said. "People have asked quite a bit if I'm surprised we made it to a district final, but with the leadership we had with this group of seniors, they fully expected to be there."

Kilbourne opened the tournament with a 7-6, eight-inning win over Newark in the first round on May 9. It then defeated Dresden Tri-Valley 7-6 in the second round on May 11 and upset top-seeded Pickerington North -- ranked third in the final state poll -- 2-1 in nine innings in a district semifinal on May 18.

The Wolves' postseason run ended with a 5-2 loss to ninth-seeded Grove City in a district final on May 20 at Hilliard Davidson.

The district final began a day earlier but was suspended because of bad weather with Grove City leading 1-0 in the top of the fifth inning. The next day when play resumed, Kilbourne scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI single by Will Meador and a throwing error to take a 2-1 lead.

Grove City, however, scored four runs in the top of the seventh.

"It was tough to lose that way, but everything happens for a reason," senior catcher Brandon Randolph said. "They scored those runs with two outs in the top of the seventh. They were a good team and now you've got to root for them."

Grove City plays West Chester Lakota West in a regional semifinal on Thursday, May 26, at Dublin Coffman. It's the Greyhounds' first regional appearance since 2000.

Against Pickerington North, senior Cody Strayer hit a solo home run in the top of the ninth to put the Wolves ahead 2-1 and freshman Jacob Niggemeyer did not allow any runs in the bottom of the ninth to seal the win.

Kilbourne went 10-4 in the OCC-Central to tie Davidson for second, behind Dublin Coffman (13-1) and ahead of Thomas Worthington (7-7), Hilliard Darby (7-7), Upper Arlington (6-8), Central Crossing (2-12) and Westland (1-13).

"We went through a lot of ups and downs," Randolph said. "But we never gave up and I think our team had a lot of heart."

Randolph, who was batting .369 with two doubles and 11 RBI through 24 games, and Strayer, who was hitting .345 with five doubles, a triple, a home run and 13 RBI, were named first-team all-league. Strayer also made second-team all-district and Randolph made honorable mention all-district.

Niggemeyer was second-team all-league. Meador, who had 17 RBI through 24 games, was special mention all-league and senior Jeremy Patterson, who batted .350 with two doubles and a triple, made honorable mention all-league.