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Warriors advance to district semifinal

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Michael Cooper pitched a four-hitter and hit a home run to lead North past St. Charles 4-2 in the second round of the Division I district tournament on May 15.

The Westerville North High School baseball team advanced to a Division I district semifinal by winning 4-2 at 10th-seeded St. Charles in the second round May 15.

The 20th-seeded Warriors were 15-14 before playing 14th-seeded Marysville on May 21.

The winner plays third-seeded Watkins Memorial or eighth-seeded Olentangy Liberty in a district final at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 23, at Ohio Dominican University.

The district champion plays Hilliard Darby or Pickerington North in a regional semifinal May 30 at Dublin Coffman. The regional final is May 31 at Coffman.

Against St. Charles, Michael Cooper pitched a four-hitter, striking out three and walking none. He also homered in the fourth inning and singled in the sixth.

Kevin Hackett (OF) singled in the first to score Davon Harris (INF), who doubled.

"This was the second game in a row that the boys came out, played hard and rose to the occasion," said coach Sean Ring, whose team defeated 21st-seeded Dublin Scioto 9-3 in the first round May 13. "Michael Cooper pitched a gem and we had some clutch hitting to help build the lead."

Central loses at Marysville

Central's season ended with a 3-0 loss at Marysville in the second round May 15.

The 19th-seeded Warhawks, who had a first-round bye, finished 12-15.

"Tyler (Bertelsen) pitched really well. We didn't have any errors, ran the bases well and just came up a couple hits short," coach Jeff Keifer said.

Bertelsen allowed seven hits, struck out one and walked none in the complete-game effort.

Sawyer Allen (C) had two of Central's four hits against winning pitcher Aron Mowery. Andy Oppliger (1B) and Kyle Ulliman (OF) had the others.

"That last out is always hard, especially for the seniors," Keifer said. "The hardest part is you can never prepare for it. We left the batting cage out (May 14) and said we'd be back to practice and we believed it. We thought we had a really good shot coming out here (to Marysville)."

South loses at home to UA

South lost to visiting Upper Arlington 12-6 in a second-round game May 15.

The 15th-seeded Wildcats, who had a first-round bye, finished 17-10.

The 26th-seeded Golden Bears opened a 5-0 lead in the first inning against losing pitcher Jake Robinson.

The Wildcats closed to within 5-4 with four runs in the third before UA pulled away with five runs in the sixth.

Tommy Ingledue (OF) had three hits for South.

Jeremy Wei allowed two earned runs and three hits in 4 1/3 innings of relief.