DeSales High School baseball coach Tom Neubert knows his team will face every opponent's ace as the Stallions continue their quest to repeat as the Division II state champions.

DeSales High School baseball coach Tom Neubert knows his team will face every opponent's ace as the Stallions continue their quest to repeat as the Division II state champions.

That means DeSales will be tested by Bellefontaine left-hander Daulton Mosbarger when the teams meet in a regional semifinal at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 24, at the University of Dayton.

"Mosbarger is one of the best pitchers in the state," Neubert said. "He's a lefty with good velocity and a plus breaking ball. He throws a lot of strikes."

Mosbarger, a University of Akron recruit, struck out 16 and allowed three hits in a 4-1 win over Springfield Kenton Ridge in a district semifinal May 17. Bellefontaine was 20-6 after winning a district title on May 19.

DeSales edged Big Walnut 2-1 to win a district championship May 16 at Beavers Field in Lancaster and improve to 22-6.

The other regional semifinal pits Cincinnati Wyoming against Tipp City Tippecanoe. Wyoming defeated Kettering Alter 9-2 in a district final May 19. That same day, Tippecanoe rallied to top Lemon Monroe 6-5 with three runs in the bottom of the seventh in a district final.

The regional final will be played at 5 p.m. Friday, May 25, at Dayton.

"Tippecanoe and Wyoming both had a pair of good pitchers, but that's what you get at the regional level," Neubert said. "Bellefontaine has a strong tradition and also swings the bats as well as anyone we've seen. But it's high school baseball and no team is unbeatable."

Such was the case last season when the Stallions lost to Jonathan Alder in the regular season, but upset the defending state champion Pioneers 4-2 in a state semifinal.

"The shoe's on the other foot this year," Neubert said. "Everyone wants the opportunity to knock us off. We've got the target on our backs and everyone is excited to play us. We'll see everybody's top pitcher."

Against third-seeded Big Walnut, Nick Eltzroth went the distance, allowing five hits. He also singled in the winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning, as the Stallions denied Big Walnut its first district title since 1974. It was a rematch of a district final last year when DeSales beat the Golden Eagles 5-4 in nine innings.

DeSales, which was the top seed, was outhit 5-4 and was held without a hit by Big Walnut starter Cole Harbin for the first 4 2/3 innings.

Big Walnut took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth when Aaron Dattilo scored on an RBI single by Aaron Gase. The Golden Eagles then loaded the bases with one out, but Eltzroth got out of the inning with a strikeout and groundout.

DeSales tied it in the fifth as Derek Traini walked, was sacrificed to second by Brad Bahus and scored on Brennan Schlabig's single to right-center field.

In the sixth, a walk, fielder's choice and consecutive singles by Zak DeCamp, Eltzroth and Traini produced a run.

DeSales beat Bexley 8-0 in a district semifinal May 14 as T.J. Alas scattered six hits.

Last year at regional, the Stallions beat Urichsville Claymont 3-2 in a semifinal and Steubenville 10-8 in the final.

Softball team wins another district title

The softball team won its third consecutive Division II district championship when it defeated Hartley for a third time this season, 13-4 in a district final May 19 at Pickerington Central.

"I guess three was the number of the day," coach Julie Barber said. "I don't think DeSales had ever won three (district titles) in a row before, so the girls are pretty excited because we played so well. We beat them in two close ones (4-1 on April 23 and 4-3 on May 2) in the CCL, so we weren't expecting this."

There was another No. 3 in the equation, according to Barber.

"We worked with Sarah Flint on a new pitch for three days and she came out and threw it extremely well," she said. "I won't tell you what type of pitch it was, but it is phenomenal that she got the spin down and understood the body pressure on release. This is her first year pitching for us and she worked hard in the offseason and gained six mph on her fastball. She's been fabulous."

Three more wins would put the Stallions into the state final. First up is the regional. DeSales played Logan Elm in a semifinal May 23, with the winner advancing to the final against Dover or Warsaw River View on Saturday, May 26, at Central.

"River View and Dover are both state-ranked and we beat Logan Elm (9-0) in the regional (final) last year," said Barber, whose team was 22-7 entering regional play. "I think if we stay focused and stay confident, we'll be fine. We just need to stay focused on the game plan like we did against Hartley. We had a plan and the girls stuck to it and we really crushed the ball."

Against fifth-seeded Hartley, Bryn Allen was 4-for-5, Flint was 3-for-4 with four RBI and Anna Gentile was 3-for-4 with two RBI.

"It's so much fun," Flint said of winning a district title. "The past few times we've played (Hartley), it was a close game. It's surprising to score that many runs, but we worked hard to hit the ball."

The top-seeded Stallions led 6-2 before blowing the game open with a five-run fifth inning.

Boys track team wins district title

The boys track and field team advanced nine athletes in individual events and two relays to the Division II regional meet Thursday, May 24, and Saturday, May 26, at Welcome Stadium in Dayton.

DeSales won four events in the 13-team district 2 meet that concluded May 19 at Westerville South and scored 110 points to easily outdistance runner-up Bexley (78).

District winners for the Stallions were LaShaun Sanders in the 400 meters (50.98 seconds), Tyler West in the 800 (1:57.91), David Brooks-Dandridge in the discus (154 feet, 11 inches) and Aaron Melsop in the long jump (21-1 1/4).

The top four finishers in each district event qualified for regional.

Placing second were Eric McKinney in the high jump (6-1) and Riley West in the 300 hurdles (39.69). Luke Howard was third in the 3,200 (10:37.12), Breyon Bowman was fourth in the 200 (23.01) and Kameron Stewart was fourth in the discus (137-6).

Also advancing to regional were the 1,600 relay (3:27.56, second) and 3,200 relay (8:28.19, third).

Two members of the girls team advanced to the Division I regional meet that began May 23 and concludes Friday, May 25, at Pickerington North.

In the district 2 meet that concluded May 19 at Hilliard Darby, Sophia Nnadi won the shot put (41-2) and placed second in the discus (120-7) and Ashli Pope finished third in both the 100 (12.75) and 200 (26.22).

DeSales just missed advancing its 400 and 800 relays, as both placed fifth. The 400 relay finished in 50.01, as Marion-Franklin (49.69) earned the final regional berth, and the 800 relay finished in 1:44.48, as Big Walnut (1:44.11) was fourth.

The Stallions scored 44 points in the 17-team district to place seventh behind champion Hilliard Davidson (101.5).

The top four finishers in each event in the Division I and II regional meets advance to the state meet June 1 and 2 at Ohio State.

Boys lacrosse team rolls in first round

The top-seeded boys lacrosse team defeated visiting Granville 17-1 in the first round of the Division II Central Region tournament on May 18.

The Stallions, who improved to 13-1, played Bexley in a region semifinal May 23, with the winner playing host to New Albany or Akron Hoban in a region final Saturday, May 26. The regional champion plays host to a state semifinal on Wednesday, May 30.

The state final is June 2 at Thomas Worthington.

Against Granville, Marcus Dietz scored four goals, Anthony Ciammaichella scored three and J.T. Blubaugh, Tim Doone and Matthew Chadwick each scored two.

Season ends for girls lacrosse team

The girls lacrosse team finished 8-8-1 overall after losing to Cincinnati Mother of Mercy 12-7 in the first round of the Division II South/Central Region tournament May 14.

Mallory Janszen and Alison Cargin both had two goals and Jess Johnson, Rachel Zolnier and Sarah Hughes each scored one. Tia Tyler had six saves and Meredith Lloyd had three.

The Stallions, who improved from 5-11 last season, lose six seniors in Johnson, Tyler, Zolnier, Samantha Chapman, Margaret Kistner and Renee Landis. Johnson and Kistner were four-year letterwinners.

Among the expected key returnees are four juniors in Hughes, Janszen, Paige Pleisch and Kierra Graham. A large sophomore class also contributed this season and coach Joe Finotti said the experience should pay off next season.

DeSales finished 2-5 in the Central Independent League to place sixth, behind Columbus Academy (7-0), Bexley (5-2), Hartley (4-2-1), Columbus School for Girls (4-3) and Watterson (3-3-1) and ahead of Granville (1-6) and Wellington (1-6).