A pair of championships returned to Whetstone High School when its baseball and softball teams beat Briggs in the City League finals May 17 at home.

A pair of championships returned to Whetstone High School when its baseball and softball teams beat Briggs in the City League finals May 17 at home.

The baseball team posted the first run-rule victory in the league championship game since 2000 and the softball team needed a late-inning, clutch hit to capture its fourth league title in six seasons.

The baseball team defeated the Bruins 17-7 in six innings to finish 19-8 and the softball squad edged Briggs 3-2 to finish 20-7.

"It was just a good group," said baseball coach Tim Broskie, whose team won its first league title since 2009. "They were a lot of fun to coach. Everybody came out to hit early on weekends and, when it was time to leave, they'd ask to stay longer to hit."

Whetstone's trip to Cocoa Beach, Fla., in early April was among the factors that Broskie believes helped his team go 14-0 in league play.

The extra hitting the Braves did seemed to pay dividends against the Bruins, as they scored in five of the six innings against four pitchers. Senior Maurice McPherson had five RBI, including a three-run double in the sixth, and junior Jon Griebel and senior Zak Davidson both had two RBI.

Davidson picked up the victory in relief of David Brown.

Davidson, McPherson and senior Matt Barnum were the team's captains. The other seniors were Brown, Ross Homan and Kyle Radabaugh.

"It's an amazing way to end the season," Barnum said. "We just went in with the mindset that we were going to score as many runs as possible. I think it's hard sometimes to come out real serious at the end of the season, but we did that."

"I pinch ran one time when I was a freshman when we won (the league title), so it feels a lot better (to be a bigger part of it)," said McPherson, who will play for Shawnee State.

Whetstone lost to Hilliard Bradley 9-1 in the first round of the Division I district tournament May 7.

Since Broskie took over in 1994, the Braves have gone 231-37 against City League-North Division opponents and 344-157 overall.

Griebel and junior Steven Foster are expected to be the top returning hitters after each finished with 36 RBI. Griebel batted .474 and Foster hit .597.

McPherson had three home runs, 28 RBI and 36 runs while hitting .468 and made first-team all-district.

Brown went 4-3 with a 3.11 ERA, Davidson was 4-2 with a 3.06 ERA and junior Kyle Oldaker was 3-0 with a 3.45 ERA.

In the City softball final, Whetstone led 2-0 when Briggs sophomore catcher Rebecca Morro slugged a two-run home run over the center-field fence in the sixth off junior pitcher Briana Clemens.

In the bottom of the sixth, senior Katie Dozer singled. Freshman Madison Wilming then ran for Dozer, stole second and scored what proved to be the winning run on a single to right by Clemens.

Sophomore Liz Jackson drove in the first two runs with a third-inning triple.

"I just had to laugh it off," Clemens said of giving up the tying home run. "I just looked at my team and they were all just really supportive. I went into the dugout and cleared my head. I went up there looking for a screwball and I turned on it."

"I just told her we've got your back," Jackson said. "We were just happy to do this for our seniors."

The Braves lose three seniors in Dozer (3B), Libby Adelsberger (OF) and Sarah Buckalew (C).

Buckalew hit better than .350, Dozer had 26 RBI and Adelsberger had 23 RBI and hit better than .400. Clemens went 16-7 with a 1.80 ERA and batted better than .320.

Jackson (1B), junior Lauren Peck (SS) and sophomore Maddy O'Malley (LF) all hit better than .450.

Others eligible to return include junior Kollene Elekes (RF) and sophomores Ali Adelsberger (2B) and Val Vokac (INF).

Last season, Whetstone and Centennial both went 13-1 in the City-North but the Stars won a one-game playoff 7-3 to advance to the league final. The Braves went 14-0 in the City-North this spring.

Whetstone lost to Lancaster 6-1 in the first round of the Division I district tournament May 7.

"We are really going to miss our seniors, but if everyone works at it, we'll be very good next year," coach Larry Peck said.

Tennis team earns league runner-up

The boys tennis team lost to Columbus West 3-2 in the City League championship match May 14 at the Park of Roses.

Winning matches were sophomores Drew Gabalski and Matthew Ray at first doubles and sophomore Karshe Ali and freshman Quintin Pruneau at second doubles.

Competing in singles were seniors Harley Tripp (first) and Mohammad Sharif (second) and junior Tyler Weissant (third).

The other seniors were Daniel Tran and Christian Williams.

In the City League coaches tournament that began May 1 and was completed May 16, the doubles team of Sharif and Tripp lost to West's Marcos Gasco and Alex Phin 1-6, 6-1, 7-5 for the title.

Sharif and Tripp beat Gabalski and Ray 6-1, 6-4 in a semifinal of the coaches tournament.

The Braves finished 14-4 overall and went 10-2 in the City to tie Beechcroft and Centennial for second behind West (12-0) during the regular season.

Because all three teams had the same record, the first tiebreaker was the team that most recently competed in the league final and that was Centennial. The tiebreaker between Beechcroft and Whetstone came down to the head-to-head result, and the Braves beat the Cougars 3-2 on March 26.

"First of all, it was a complete surprise for us to be in (the league final), but we were pleasantly surprised when they explained the rule," coach Bucky Walters said. "(The players) all just really seemed to get along and we did well outside of the league. We've got five of our top seven coming back."

Girls track team sends two to regional

Two members of the girls track and field team advanced to the Division I regional meet that began May 23 and concludes Friday, May 25, at Pickerington North.

Arionna Darling was third in the shot put (38 feet, 7 inches) and Biana McLemore took second in the long jump (15-8) in the district 1 meet that concluded May 19 at Hilliard Darby. The top four finishers in each district event advanced to regional.

The top four finishers in each regional event advance to the state meet June 1 and 2 at Ohio State.

Also at district, McLemore finished sixth in the 400 meters (1 minute, 0.84 seconds) as the Braves scored 17 points to finish 12th of 17 teams behind champion Dublin Coffman (141).

The boys team scored three points to place 16th in the 16-team Division I, district 2 meet that concluded May 19 at Darby behind champion New Albany (100.5).

Kris Bachtel was seventh in the 800 (2:00.48) and the 3,200 relay of Bachtel, Estifanos Mewael, Alexander Singer and Keinan Ali placed eighth (8:29.78).

Boys volleyball team losing five seniors

The boys volleyball team lost to Worthington Kilbourne 25-10, 25-18, 25-11 in the first round of the Division II East Region tournament May 12 at Watterson.

The Braves finished 5-18 overall and went 2-6 in the Central Ohio Volleyball League to place fourth, behind Watterson (8-0), DeSales (5-3) and St. Charles (5-3) and ahead of Licking Heights (0-8).

Whetstone loses five seniors in Zak Bainazarov, Kevin Bennett, Dan Geiser, Richard Lytton and Gabe Reece.

"They came a long way and have definitely had a good time," coach Errole Rembert said. "There was no dissension on the team."