The Bexley High School baseball team took a step toward a Division II district championship with its 7-1 home win over Licking Heights in the second round May 16.

The Bexley High School baseball team took a step toward a Division II district championship with its 7-1 home win over Licking Heights in the second round May 16.

The second-seeded Lions, who improved to 19-7, defeated the Hornets in the postseason for the third consecutive year as pitcher Josh Shapiro went six innings, allowing one run and striking out seven.

"We did a good job scouting them and kind of knew how we wanted to approach the game," coach Tom Marker said. "Josh did a great job and hit his spots. We've seen (the Hornets) enough this year and we did our homework.

"Josh put the plan to use. I think being able to go after them allowed us to take control."

Tyler Kondracke pitched an inning in relief, striking out one. Catcher Will Davis had three hits and an RBI, while shortstop Tate Hughes and left fielder Alex Eikenberry added an RBI apiece.

"They've all been in our program since seventh grade and have been together since then, if not earlier," Marker said. "Tate's (RBI) was a two-out RBI single early in the game."

The win set up a district semifinal against fourth-seeded Jonathan Alder on May 21 at Dublin Coffman, with the winner advancing to a district final against third-seeded Licking Valley or sixth-seeded Watterson at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 23, at Beavers Field in Lancaster.

The district champion plays in a regional semifinal May 30 at the University of Dayton.

Advancing in the postseason is about a team maintaining its identity, according to Marker.

"With our team, we keep telling them to do what we do," he said. "We need to be who we are. We're going to pitch well, play good defense and have quality at-bats.

"If we can do those things, we'll have a good run. We're not going to win flashy, but we're going to play sound, fundamental baseball. ... We're not going to be out of a game and we're not going to hand a team a win."

Softball team fallsin second round

The softball team finished 13-14 with a 10-2 loss at fifth-seeded Big Walnut on May 15 in the second round of the Division II district tournament.

The 13th-seeded Lions defeated 12th-seeded and host Centennial 17-3 in five innings in the first round May 13.

Against Big Walnut, shortstop Bri Stewart hit her first home run in the sixth inning.

"(Big Walnut) scored five unearned runs with two outs in different innings. The game was closer than the score indicated," coach Rick Wemlinger said. "I was really pleased with the way the kids played, but we just had a couple mental and physical errors that did us in."

Girls lacrosse teamloses to Academy

Following a 13-11 win over visiting Columbus School for Girls on May 13 in the first round of the Division II South/Central Region tournament, the girls lacrosse team was eliminated May 16 with a 10-5 loss at Columbus Academy in the second round.

The Lions finished 13-4, with half of those losses coming to the Vikings.

Midfielder Ellie Williams scored four goals against CSG, while midfielder Sam Bolon had three and midfielder Sarah Dawley and midfielder Libby Davis added two apiece. Goalkeeper Mimi Nahem had nine saves.

Dawley had four goals and Williams scored one against Academy. Nahem had 16 saves.

Doubles teamsadvance to district

Members of the boys tennis team wrapped up play in the Division II sectional tournament May 20 at Columbus Academy after rain May 18 shortened the second day of the two-day event.

Both of the Lions' doubles teams competed May 20 knowing they already had secured berths in the district tournament Friday, May 24, and Saturday, May 25, at Academy.

Max Knox-Kelly and Will Gingery faced Lucas Rooney and Lincoln Ficek of Wellington in one sectional semifinal, while Ethan Goodstein and Tyler Seckel faced Mark Guza and Michael Guza of Watterson in the other, with the winners playing for the sectional title.

The top four seeds for district were determined by those matches.

In singles, Nathan Katz and Shai Saar played quarterfinal matches May 20 needing a win to advance to district.

On May 16 at CSG, Kyle Carruthers lost in a quarterfinal to Village Academy's James Pyne 6-3-6-2.

At district, the top four finishers in singles and doubles advance to the state tournament May 31 and June 1 at Ohio State.

Track teams competein league meet

The girls track and field team scored 86 points in the MSL-Ohio Division meet May 14 and 17 at Heath to finish fourth behind Granville (172.5), Columbus Academy (119) and Heath (111.5) and ahead of Licking Valley (65), Whitehall (39), Newark Catholic (37) and Lakewood (24).

Lissy Schmidt won the 300-meter hurdles (46.46 seconds), Spencer Halliday finished third in the 1,600 (5:30.59) and Mary Tugend was second in the 100 hurdles (16.4).

Meliyah Holliman placed third in the shot put (28 feet, 9 inches), the 400 relay of Emily Callahan, Emily Myers, Meredith Schwager and Tugend finished third (54.08) and the 800 relay of Callahan, Maggie Jones, Myers and Schwager also was third (1:52.58).

The boys finished seventh (37) behind Granville (166), Academy (117), Licking Valley (92), Heath (78), Whitehall (74) and Lakewood (68) and ahead of Newark Catholic (31).

Ian Kellogg placed second in the 1,600 (4:30.23) and the 3,200 relay of Nathaniel Agnoli, Kellogg, Dylan McGuire and Ryan Prendergast was third (8:15.74).

Both teams are competing in the Division II, district 2 meet at Westerville South. The meet began May 21, continued May 22 and concludes Saturday, May 25. The top four finishers in each event advance to the regional meet May 30 and June 1 at Welcome Stadium in Dayton.

Boys lacrosse teamset for postseason

The boys lacrosse team finished the regular season 6-9 and on a four-game losing streak, including a 14-13, overtime defeat at Columbus Academy in the finale May 17.

The Lions learned their postseason path at the Division II Central Region tournament draw May 19.