Junior center fielder Sami Dustman wasn't disappointed in junior Alli Rowland's pitching or the Westerville North High School softball team's defense in its Division I district semifinal against top-seeded Central Crossing.

Junior center fielder Sami Dustman wasn't disappointed in junior Alli Rowland's pitching or the Westerville North High School softball team's defense in its Division I district semifinal against top-seeded Central Crossing.

According to Dustman, North simply ran into an offensive juggernaut in the 10-0, five-inning loss May 19 at Pickerington Central.

"Alli pitched a good game and we didn't have any errors, but Central Crossing can hit the ball everywhere from the top to the bottom of their lineup," said Dustman, whose team finished 17-9 overall. "They outhit us the entire game and there was nothing we could do to stop them."

The Comets had 21 hits to four for North.

"If we hit the ball, we would have been OK," junior first baseman Alex Brooker said. "They hit the ball into a lot of gaps and we didn't hit well at all."

The Warriors enjoyed a successful regular season in which they swept Westerville South, winning 9-4 on April 13 and 5-3 on May 9, and split with Westerville Central, winning 3-2 on April 6 and losing 6-3 in eight innings on May 11.

"We ruled the 'Ville' because we went 3-1 against the other Westerville teams," Dustman said.

North tied Marysville atop the OCC-Cardinal Division with an 11-3 league mark to win its first OCC title since 2001.

Rounding out the OCC-Cardinal standings were Central (9-5), Olentangy (9-5), South (6-8), Olentangy Liberty (6-8), Dublin Scioto (2-12) and Dublin Jerome (1-13).

The Warriors beat Marysville 2-0 in their league finale on May 13 to prevent the Monarchs from winning the title outright.

North also defeated Briggs 11-0 in six innings in its district opener on May 10 and beat Lancaster 3-2 in the second round on May 12.

"Beating Marysville to (share) the OCC title was the biggest highlight for us," Brooker said. "It was special because it's our first OCC championship in 10 years."

The Warriors will lose two seniors in shortstop Sarah Lawrence and third baseman Emily Bennett.

Bennett has been recruited by Division II West Virginia Wesleyan as a catcher, but she played third base this season after injuring her shoulder.

Players who started multiple games and are expected to return are juniors Brooker (1B), Dustman (CF), Lilly Gresh (RF), Ari Jamison (LF), Ashley Pavalino (LF), Rowland (P), Lisa Simmons (2B/3B) and Tory Speakman (C), and sophomores Victoria Shaffer (2B/LF) and Olivia Grilliot (designated player).

"We should be strong next year because we have most of our players coming back," Dustman said.