After losing three of five games entering the final week of the regular season, the Bexley High School boys lacrosse team hoped to build momentum ahead of the Division II postseason.

After losing three of five games entering the final week of the regular season, the Bexley High School boys lacrosse team hoped to build momentum ahead of the Division II postseason.

The Lions were 7-7 before playing Wellington on May 10. They wrap up the regular season Friday, May 13, at home against Columbus Academy.

Regional tournament play-in games begin Monday, May 16, with first- and second-round games set for Tuesday, May 17, through May 20.

"You obviously want to be peaking at the end of the season to make a run in the playoffs," coach Ben Morhac said. "With Columbus Academy being a rivalry game, you pretty much throw the records out the window. The beauty of the rivalry game is you, hopefully, get the best out of both teams."

Academy was 7-5 before playing Watterson on May 10. The Vikings won last season's meeting with Bexley 15-2.

Bexley has been working to improve its offensive attack against stronger opponents. The Lions failed to score in losses to DeSales (15-0 on April 25) and Watterson (15-0 on April 20).

DeSales was seventh in the state computer ratings entering this week.

"A key for us is possession," Morhac said. "Against the top teams, our offense hurt our defense because we would get the ball and not possess, so then we would be on defense about 80-85 percent of the game."

Jack Simpson, Parker Blumberg, John-Michael Rogers and Owen Rupp continue to lead the offense.

In a 12-6 loss to Cincinnati Indian Hill on April 30, the Lions trailed only 3-2 at halftime.

"They realized they had numbers and depth so they started to push the tempo more and that got our team in trouble," Morhac said. "That's why the second half didn't go as well."

While Bexley has topped its victory total of six from last season, Morhac remains focused on getting the program to the point where it is competitive against top teams.

The Lions have just one victory this season against a team with a winning record.

"Playing teams like that may be tough, and the scores may look ugly, but you learn more about your team from a loss," Morhac said. "The higher-ranked teams can always find your flaws and really expose them, which is what those teams did."

Baseball team shares league title

The baseball team's 12-10 victory at Columbus Academy on May 4 gave the Lions a share of the MSL-Ohio Division championship, as both teams finished 13-1 in the league.

"The guys were definitely excited," coach Andrew Orlins said. "We've come a long way over the past three weeks. We've started to trust each other and come together as a team."

Ninth-seeded Bexley was 15-10 overall before playing host to 14th-seeded Buckeye Valley in the first round of the Division II district tournament May 10. The winner plays at seventh-seeded Sparta Highland in a second-round game Thursday, May 12.

The district semifinal is Monday, May 16, at a site to be announced against third-seeded Watterson, 15th-seeded Centennial or 20th-seeded Eastmoor Academy. The district final is Wednesday, May 18, at Beavers Field in Lancaster.

Bexley's tournament run last season ended with a 6-2, nine-inning loss to Watterson in a district semifinal.

"Most of our wins have come against teams that we are clearly better than," Orlins said. "We're not going to be facing those kinds of teams in the tournament. The goal is to get a district championship."

In securing their third consecutive league title, Ryan Callahan's three-run home run in the fourth inning gave the Lions the lead for good. It was Bexley's first home run in three seasons.

Tommy Bruning, who allowed six earned runs on six hits and finished with five strikeouts and four walks, earned the win. He also went 4-for-5 with two RBI.

Eric Callahan earned his fifth save, allowing one earned run on two hits in two innings.

The win avenged a 9-3 loss to the Vikings on April 18.

Tennis team falls short of league title

Two points separated the boys tennis team from MSL-Ohio champion Academy after completion of the league tournament May 2.

Academy (40 points, 6-0) edged Bexley (38, 5-1) for the title after the Lions (13) edged the Vikings (12) in the league tournament.

"We knew with the lineup we had, we would be competitive with them this year," coach Mark Liefeld said. "We will get to face them again in the state team tournament."

A 4-1 victory against Wellington on May 5 made certain the Lions would play Academy in a district final of the Division II OTCA state team tournament on a date to be determined. The teams also compete in the same Division II sectional Thursday, May 12, and Saturday, May 14, at Academy.

The top four finishers in singles and doubles will advance to district May 19 at Academy and May 21 at Upper Arlington.

In the finals of the MSL-Ohio tournament, third-singles player T.J. Phelps defeated Academy's Michael Qi 8-5 and both Bexley doubles teams earned victories. Mark Nudelman and Josh Meyer defeated Academy's Hirsh Hede and Eric Min 8-6 in first doubles and Christian Roddy and Cody Rawlings won 8-7 against Academy's Sid Menon and Drew Haffer in second doubles.

Fynn Sieckmann lost to Academy's Jacob Wareti 8-5 at first singles and second-singles player Shai Saar lost to Academy's Austin Lawrence 8-2.

Softball team opens tourney

The 14th-seeded softball team was 8-15 before opening play in the Division II district tournament May 10 at home against 16th-seeded Marion-Franklin.

The winner plays at second-seeded Jonathan Alder in the second round Thursday, May 12.

The district semifinal is Tuesday, May 17, at a site to be announced against sixth-seeded Buckeye Valley, 10th-seeded Hamilton Township or 11th-seeded Eastmoor Academy.

The district final is May 20 or 21 at Pickerington Central.