The Westerville Central High School baseball team rallied from a three-run deficit to beat Gahanna 7-4 in a Division I regional semifinal May 26 at Dublin Coffman.

The Westerville Central High School baseball team rallied from a three-run deficit to beat Gahanna 7-4 in a Division I regional semifinal May 26 at Dublin Coffman.

The victory advanced the Warhawks to a regional final against the winner of Grove City and West Chester Lakota West, who will play May 27.

Pitcher Connor Sitz allowed a three-run home run to the Lions' Taylor Neville with no outs in the fourth inning but got out of a jam in the sixth and pitched a complete game to earn the victory.

"(Sitz's) nickname is 'The Horse,'" coach Jeff Keifer said. "His composure is probably as impressive as his stuff. To his credit he got down 4-1 and he just hung in there and let us live another day."

The Warhawks, who improved to 24-7, took a 1-0 lead in the first when Dylan West doubled, moved to third on a groundout and scored on a wild pitch.

Gahanna tied it in the third when Jarrod Moss drove in Dakota Cararo with a bloop single to right. It then took a 4-1 lead in the fourth, as Shane DeFranco and Drew Kessler singled to open the inning and set up Neville's home run.

Central cut it to 4-2 in the fourth when Derrick Chishom doubled in Danny Lawrence.

In the fifth, Jerry McCartney doubled and scored on a double by Kyle Pollock. Jake Simmerman singled and Lawrence was hit by a pitch to load the bases before Chris Gygi grounded into a double play, with one of the outs coming at home. Matthew Bracale followed with a two-run bloop single to left-center to make it 5-4.

The Warhawks scored their final two runs in the sixth. Chishom walked and McCartney doubled to right, chasing Gahanna starter Vinny Galiardi. Pollock then hit a two-run single to left off Alec Tuohy, who was the winning pitcher in the Lions' district-title victory.

Gahanna finished 24-7.