The way Hartley High School baseball coach Chris Sawyer sees it, the CCL lived up to expectations this season.

The way Hartley High School baseball coach Chris Sawyer sees it, the CCL lived up to expectations this season.

Heading into the final night of league play May 2, four of the five teams still had a chance to win at least a share of the title, and three ended up doing so.

The Hawks were one of them, as they beat St. Charles 3-2 on a squeeze bunt in the bottom of the seventh inning.

The win gave Hartley a share of its first CCL championship since 1984.

"It's very exciting," senior first baseman Austin Rawlins said. "It's good that the hard work paid off. ... Coach Sawyer put in the mindset of keep working hard, and I think that just changed the mindset of everybody and got us going this year to win the league title and hopefully make a run in the tournament."

With the game against St. Charles tied at 2, Jack Baughman took off from third base just before Colin Cooper's pitch. Matt Berger bunted toward the third-base side, and by the time Cooper picked up the ball, his throw home was too late.

Hartley finished 5-3 in the CCL, tying for first with Watterson and DeSales, while St. Charles went 4-4 and Ready went 1-7.

"It was a very competitive league, but we knew that going in," Sawyer said.

Hartley beat Columbus Academy 7-5 on May 5 and lost to Pickerington North 5-2 on May 6 and Granville 9-5 on May 7 to fall to 17-9 overall.

The Hawks could face Granville in the Division II district tournament as well.

On Thursday, May 12, fourth-seeded Hartley opens the postseason by playing host to eighth-seeded Granville or 26th-seeded Columbus East in a second-round game. The winner plays sixth-seeded Heath, 10th-seeded Lakewood, 17th-seeded Hamilton Township or 25th-seeded Columbus South in a district semifinal Monday, May 16, at a site to be announced.

The district final is Wednesday, May 18, at Beavers Field in Lancaster, and the district champion advances to a regional semifinal May 26 at Carter Park in Bowling Green.

Throughout the district tournament, Baughman and Adam Rose should be the Hawks' main starting pitchers, with Joe Caputo and Nate Moore working in relief.

Tennis team posts winning dual record

After going winless two seasons ago, the boys tennis team went 6-9 last year despite having no seniors.

Hartley returned every player from last season and has taken another step forward.

After beating Shekinah Christian 3-2 on May 9, the Hawks were 9-5 overall. They finished third (2-2) in the five-team CCL behind St. Charles (4-0) and Watterson (3-1).

"I returned everybody, so that helped, and I added a couple new players this year," third-year coach Heath Goolsby said.

The Hawks will compete in a Division II sectional Thursday, May 12, and Saturday, May 14, at Columbus School for Girls. The top four finishers in singles and doubles advance to the district tournament May 19 at Columbus Academy and May 21 at Upper Arlington.

Marty Gillies, Collin Bender and Alex Kiraly will play singles at sectional. At doubles are the teams of Mark Chovan and Alex Dawes and Ivra Bass and Nick Dawes.

Track teams set for CCL, postseason

The boys and girls track and field teams will compete Friday, May 13, in the finals of the CCL meet, which began May 11 at DeSales.

The boys then participate in the Division II district meet Tuesday, May 17, Wednesday, May 18, and May 21 at Westerville South. The top four finishers in each event advance to the regional May 26 and 28 at Lexington.

The girls open the postseason with the Division I, district 3 meet Wednesday, May 18, May 19 and May 21 at Hilliard Darby. The top four in each event move on to the regional May 25 and 27 at Pickerington North.

Softball team could get tourney rematch

The tight battles her team faced during the CCL schedule have given softball coach Meghan Zuercher reason to believe big things could be in store for the league over the coming weeks.

Her team likely will have one of the biggest tests to that theory if the seeds play out during the second round of the Division II district tournament.

Hartley is the fifth seed and will open the postseason Thursday, May 12, at home against 13th-seeded Independence or 22nd-seeded Columbus International.

With a win, the Hawks would face third-seeded Granville or 18th-seeded Columbus South in a district semifinal Tuesday, May 17, at Pickerington Central, Pickerington North or Olentangy.

Granville, which won the state championship last season, beat Hartley 11-9 on April 1.

"I think the CCL is ready to do some damage in the postseason," Zuercher said. "Division II in the Central District is as tough as it gets. The top five teams are all very good teams and any of us can win on any given day."

Hartley closed CCL action with a 7-3 win over Ready on May 2, giving it a final record of 6-0 and its first league title since 1994. The Hawks were 16-6 overall after beating Dublin Jerome 6-1 on May 5 and losing to Hilliard Davidson 5-0 on May 6.

They also have a regular-season game scheduled for Saturday, May 14, at home against Teays Valley, which is the fourth seed for the Division I district tournament.

If Hartley wins its first two tournament games, it would play for a district title May 20 or 21 at Pickerington Central.

Through 20 games, Maria Cegledy was batting .500 with three home runs and 20 RBI, Lexi van Ooyen was hitting .474 with four home runs and 27 RBI and Sophia Slack was hitting .441 with five home runs and 20 RBI. Tatum Wise was hitting .450 with 29 RBI and was 11-4 in the circle.

Lacrosse team preps for tourney

The girls lacrosse team closes the regular season Friday, May 13, at home against Olentangy.

The Hawks will open the Division II South/Central Region tournament Tuesday, May 17, at home against Wellington. The winner plays May 20 at Cincinnati Mariemont or Cincinnati McNicholas in the second round.

Hartley beat Jerome 15-14 in overtime May 5 and Cincinnati Wyoming 13-11 on May 7 to improve to 7-7 overall before playing Dublin Coffman on May 10 and New Albany on May 11.

With a 12-4 loss to CSG on May 3, the Hawks finished 4-3 in the Central Independent League. DeSales won the title at 7-0.