The Canal Winchester High School girls track and field team had someone reach the final in all but one of the 17 events in the OCC-Cardinal Division meet.

The Canal Winchester High School girls track and field team had someone reach the final in all but one of the 17 events in the OCC-Cardinal Division meet.

Unfortunately for the Indians, it wasn't enough to contend for the league championship.

Canal Winchester scored 61 points in the meet held May 14 and 16 at Hilliard Davidson to finish fifth, behind Dublin Scioto (141), Westerville South (123), Westerville Central (114) and Hilliard Darby (94) and ahead of Hilliard Bradley (47), Dublin Jerome (40) and Westerville North (40).

"Our lack of depth caught up with us in this meet," coach Darren Avery said. "For example, Hilliard Darby has 100 girls on their team and we have only 30 girls on our team, so it was a numbers game at times. We qualified someone to most of the finals but the bigger teams were able to put two or three girls in some of the finals. Some of our top girls also were nursing injuries, so we decided not to put them in four events because we didn't want to risk further injury."

The Indians did not win any events. Placing second were Kayanna Davie in the pole vault (9 feet), Megan Tamasovich in the high jump (5-1) and Erica Babusci in the 300-meter hurdles (46.18 seconds).

Tamasovich also finished fifth in the 300 hurdles (48.41) and seventh in the 100 hurdles (16.47) and combined with Cheyanne Bradford, Brittany Cain and Julia Blum to take fourth in the 1,600 relay (program-record 4:07.53).

"We needed a victory of some sort and we were able to get one at the end of the meet when our 1,600 relay broke our school record," Avery said. "The three relays that finished ahead of us all broke the old meet record, which goes to show how fast this meet was this year."

The boys team finished fifth (85) in the OCC-Cardinal meet, behind Westerville Central (131), Darby (107), Jerome (104) and Westerville South (100) and ahead of Bradley (78), Scioto (29) and Westerville North (28).

Trae Johnson won the 110 hurdles (14.77) and placed sixth in the long jump (20-5 1/4), and Lonzell Feagin finished second in the 200 (22.57), third in the 100 (11.39) and fifth in the long jump (20-5 1/2). Skyler Scott was runner-up in the high jump (6-1) and Danny Jones placed third in the discus (144-3).

The boys and girls teams are competing in the Division I, district 3 meet this week at Darby. The meet began May 20, continues Thursday, May 21s and concludes Saturday, May 23.

The top four placers in each event advance to regional Wednesday, May 27, and May 29 at Pickerington North.

Softball team ousted from district tourney

The 22nd-seeded softball team lost at third-seeded Olentangy Liberty 6-3 in the second round of the Division I district tournament May 13 to finish 14-12 overall.

The Indians outhit the Patriots 12-10 and took a 3-0 lead in the top of the third inning after senior center fielder Raven Hamilton and senior pitcher Carly Favorito each drove in a run.

"Our starting catcher, Kasey Wentzel, was out sick and our starting second baseman, Callie Caswell, was out with an injured shoulder, but we still played well," coach Randy Hinton said.

Liberty scored all six of its runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Kristen Adkins started the Patriots' scoring that inning with a two-run home run.

"Adkins' home run sparked their rally," Hinton said. "The umpire (in the field) ruled that the home run was a foul ball, but (Liberty) coach (Bob Lee) asked if (that umpire) would ask for help from the (home) plate umpire, and he did. The (home) plate umpire said the ball was just inside the first-base line, and that was a big momentum swing right there.

"I wish we could have won, but I'm proud of our girls because they gave everything they had and left it all on the field."

The Indians opened the tournament May 12 at home with a 21-0 victory over 41st-seeded Northland.

"We had 19 hits and played good defense to win this game," Hinton said.

The Indians finished fourth (8-6) in the OCC-Cardinal, behind co-champions Bradley and Westerville Central (both 12-2) and Westerville North (10-4) and ahead of Westerville South (7-7), Darby (4-10), Scioto (2-12) and Jerome (1-13).

"We started pulling it together and playing better over the past few weeks," Hinton said. "We were averaging four errors per game during the early part of the season and we cut that down to about one error per game during our last six or seven games."

The Indians are losing six senior starters in Favorito, Hamilton, Wentzel, Jenna Carlisle (LF), Taylor Griffin (1B) and Paige Hughes (RF).

Hamilton had a .418 batting average with three home runs, 11 doubles and 20 RBI, and Carlisle hit .317 with 11 stolen bases and 23 runs scored.

In the circle, Favorito was 10-7 with 113 strikeouts in 104 innings.

Expected back are juniors Bailee Faulkner (3B/C), Katie Hinkle (P) and Caswell and sophomores Emily Bryant (3B), Mackenzie Hamilton (SS) and Lauren Zaluski (RF).

Faulkner batted .529 with two homers, 17 doubles and 37 RBI, Caswell hit .398 with 12 stolen bases and 29 runs and Bryant batted .333 with four game-winning RBI. Hinkle went 4-5 in the circle.

"Our seniors did a great job of leading the team and we're going to have some big holes to fill," Hinkle said. "But we have some very good young players returning to lead the team next year."

Season ends for boys tennis team

The boys tennis team ended its season in the Division I sectional held May 14 and 16 at Pickerington Central.

The top four placers in both singles and doubles advanced to district Friday, May 22, at Davidson and Saturday, May 23, at Upper Arlington, and none of the Indians qualified.

Senior Tristan Daniels and junior Kevin Karn went 1-1 in doubles, while going 0-1 were senior Andrew Ornsburn and sophomores Alex Ugrinov and Ryan Warner in singles and seniors Aaron Graber and Zach Lewis in doubles.

The Indians finished 3-9 overall and went 1-6 in the OCC-Cardinal to finish seventh, behind Jerome (7-0), Bradley and Scioto (both 5-2), Darby and Westerville North (both 4-3) and Westerville Central (2-5) and ahead of Westerville South (0-7).

Baseball team falls in second round

The 28th-seeded baseball team lost at 20th-seeded Teays Valley 4-1 in the second round of the Division I district tournament May 13 to finish 10-19.

The Indians took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning but made five errors.

A day earlier, Canal Winchester won at 27th-seeded Hamilton Township 9-6 in 10 innings in the first round to break a six-game losing streak. Je'Len Olbrantz was the winning pitcher.