The Westerville North High School baseball team earned its first Division I district tournament win in Sean Ring's four seasons as coach with a 9-3 victory over visiting Dublin Scioto in a first-round game May 13.
"This is a great way to open the tournament," Ring said. "It's the first tournament win I've ever gotten. It's the first win we've had in four years. The kids played an unbelievable game. We had opportunities in just about every inning and then we finally broke it open."
Ryan Curtis threw a five-hitter, striking out seven and walking four. He also hit an RBI single in the first inning, had a leadoff double and scored in the fifth and hit a two-run single in the sixth to give his team a 7-3 lead.
The 20th-seeded Warriors improved to 14-14 overall and played 10th-seeded St. Charles in the second round May 15, with the winner playing 14th-seeded Marysville or 19th-seeded Westerville Central in a semifinal Tuesday, May 21, at Worthington Kilbourne.
The semifinal winner plays in a district final May 23 at Ohio Dominican. Possible opponents include third-seeded Watkins Memorial and eighth-seeded Olentangy Liberty.
South finishes third in league
After going 0-14 last season in the OCC-Cardinal Division, South went 8-6 to finish third behind Dublin Jerome (12-2) and Hilliard Darby (11-3) and ahead of North (7-7), Scioto (5-8), Hilliard Bradley (5-9), Central (4-9) and Kilbourne (3-11).
The 15th-seeded Wildcats were 17-9 overall before playing 26th-seeded Upper Arlington in a district tournament second-round game May 15. South had a first-round bye.
The winner plays sixth-seeded Gahanna or 41st-seeded Westland in a semifinal Monday, May 20, at Grove City, with that winner playing in a district final Wednesday, May 22, at Ohio Dominican against second-seeded Olentangy Orange, 11th-seeded Dresden Tri-Valley, 17th-seeded Zanesville or 36th-seeded Kilbourne.
Central opens tournament play
Central was 12-14 overall before playing Marysville on May 15. Both teams had a first-round bye.
The winner plays North or St. Charles in a semifinal Tuesday, May 21, at Kilbourne, with the winner moving on to a district final May 23 at Ohio Dominican.
Central did not complete its final OCC-Cardinal game against Scioto. It was suspended April 10 because of bad weather with the game tied at 6 in the sixth inning.