Jacob Bolton wasn't able to play for the Watterson High School baseball team when it lost to Granville 1-0 on April 18 because he was taking the ACT.

Jacob Bolton wasn't able to play for the Watterson High School baseball team when it lost to Granville 1-0 on April 18 because he was taking the ACT.

The senior shortstop made a big impact when the teams met again in the second round of the Division II district tournament May 14, driving in two runs and making two stellar defensive plays to help lead the fourth-seeded Eagles to a 3-2 home win over the eighth-seeded Blue Aces.

Bolton had a two-run single in the third inning to give the Eagles a three-run lead. In the field, he turned a double play to end the sixth inning after Granville had runners on first and second with one out, and he threw out the potential game-tying runner at third base in the seventh to end the game.

"They beat us the first time and then came after us in the tournament, and that gave me a lot of drive to want to play well and help our team win this game," Bolton said. "We knew that Granville was going to do its best to knock us out of the tournament, so we couldn't take any plays off."

The Eagles took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Jack Haley drove in Nathan Meyer with a two-out single.

Chris Slavik pitched a complete game, allowing three hits and seven walks with 10 strikeouts.

"Chris Slavik did a good job of fighting his way out of tough situations all game and Bolton made some big defensive plays to get us out of trouble," Haley said.

The Eagles were 20-8 before facing second-seeded Bexley in a district semifinal May 19 at Bloom-Carroll. The semifinal winner plays third-seeded Jonathan Alder or 10th-seeded Licking Valley in a district final Thursday, May 21, at Beavers Field in Lancaster.

The district champion moves on to a regional semifinal May 28 at Nischwitz Stadium in Dayton.

Watterson, which beat Newark Catholic 10-6 on May 16 in a regular-season game, is seeking its first district title since 2007.

Among the Eagles' offensive leaders through 27 games were Bolton (.353 batting average, 19 RBI, 22 runs, 8 doubles), Avery Janning (.439, 22 RBI, 18 runs, 6 doubles) and Christian Kroger (.379, 18 RBI, 25 runs, 6 triples).

On the mound, Slavik was 7-1 with a 1.50 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 42 innings, Sam Rice was 4-2 with a 1.55 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 45 2/3 innings and Matt Dockman was 4-1 with a 1.09 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 38 2/3 innings.

"We've got the pitching to win district," coach Scott Manahan said. "We're batting .300 as a team, but our issue has been scoring runs. ... If we can get to at least three (runs) per game, our pitching and defense are usually good enough to win games."

Girls track team wins league title

The girls track and field team won the CCL meet May 14 and 16 at Columbus School for Girls for its first league title in 13 years.

The Eagles scored 183 points to finish well ahead of runner-up Hartley (122.5) as well as CSG (108), DeSales (65.5) and Ready (7).

Amy Griffith, Jessica Passwater, Grace Thomas and Jeanette Pfeiffer won the 3,200-meter relay in a meet-record 9 minutes, 42 seconds.

Also placing first were Amelia Ohlin in the high jump (4 feet, 10 inches), Leah Paskell in the long jump (15-6 1/2) and 300 hurdles (49.2), Bailey Spees in the shot put (32-4), Claire Voegele in the discus (99-9), Griffith in the 1,600 (5:18.6), Passwater in the 3,200 (12:07.3) and Taylor Koehler in the 100 hurdles (16.5).

"Obviously, winning our first CCL since 2002 is a great accomplishment for the program," assistant coach Steve Taliaferro said. "I'm happy for our seniors, who put a lot of hard work in throughout their careers. Anytime you win nine of 16 events, that's a great league meet and means a lot of girls came through when they had to."

The Eagles are competing in the Division I district meet this week at Hilliard Darby. The 16-team district 3 meet began May 20, continues Thursday, May 21, and concludes Saturday, May 23.

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

"Division I is always going to be tough," Taliaferro said. "But if we run what we are capable of, I think we can have an event or two that can advance to regional. But if you run your best in your last race of the season, regardless of when that happens to be, that's all you can ask for."

The boys team finished third (98.5) in the CCL meet, behind St. Charles (171) and DeSales (105.5) and ahead of Hartley (94) and Ready (5).

John Bair won both the 110 hurdles (15.5) and 300 hurdles (39.9) and Max McClellan, Ross Kuhn, Mike Grunewald and Shane Merklin combined to win the 3,200 relay (8:25.8).

The Eagles are competing in the 16-team Division II, district 1 meet, which began May 19, continued May 20 and concludes May 23 at Westerville South. Qualifiers will compete at regional May 28 and 29 at Lexington.

Girls lacrosse team set program record

With senior attacker Ellie Wood (tonsillectomy) and senior defenders Jenn Buening (torn ACL) and Margaret McGowan (mononucleosis) unable to compete, the sixth-seeded girls lacrosse team lost at 11th-seeded Cincinnati Seton 11-8 in the second round of the Division II South/Central Region tournament May 11.

The loss snapped Watterson's four-game winning streak and ended its season. The Eagles finished 11-6 overall, setting a program record for wins in a season.

"This is a team that we could have beaten by 10 goals if we had our full team," coach Jack Conte said. "Losing three senior captains really hurt, especially losing Ellie Wood, who was averaging nine goals a game. We just don't have the depth to replace three players like that."

The Eagles opened the tournament May 11 with an 18-5 victory at 21st-seeded Cincinnati Country Day School. Wood scored nine goals and sophomore goalkeeper Anna Hartman had 14 saves.

Watterson finished fourth (4-3) in the Central Independent League, behind Columbus Academy (7-0), DeSales (5-1-1) and Hartley (5-2) and ahead of Bexley (3-3-1), CSG (2-5), Granville (1-6) and Wellington (0-7).

"We just kept getting better and better the last three weeks and we played great in the first round of the tournament," Conte said.

The Eagles are losing seven seniors, including Buening, McGowan and Wood.

Seven starters are expected to return in Hartman, junior Elise Blevins (attacker), sophomores Ellen Geyer (midfielder), Kiera Mulchay (midfielder), Anne Reed (attacker) and Torie Sullivan (attacker) and freshman midfielder Nina Buoni.

Watterson also is losing Conte, who is stepping down after compiling a 40-41-2 record in five seasons.

Taking over the program will be Karen Skelton, a 2007 Thomas Worthington graduate who played for the University of Cincinnati and has served as Conte's assistant the last two seasons.

"I love this program and I feel like I'm leaving it in a better place than I found it in," Conte said. "I'm confident that Karen Skelton is ready to take this program to the next level."

Softball team falls in second round

The 15th-seeded softball team lost to 19th-seeded Pickerington North 4-1 in the second round of the Division I district tournament May 13 at home to finish 14-9.

The Eagles took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning but had only three hits and made three errors.

Boys lacrosse team ends regular season

The boys lacrosse team beat Academy 9-8 on May 13 and then lost to St. Charles 11-9 on May 15 to drop to 8-5.

The Division II Central/Northwest Region draw was May 17. First-round games were May 20. Second-round games are Friday, May 22, and regional semifinal games are Wednesday, May 27.

Boys volleyball team ousted from tourney

The fifth-seeded boys volleyball team opened the Division II East Region tournament with a 24-26, 25-16, 25-23, 21-25, 15-8 loss to fourth-seeded Worthington Kilbourne in the first round May 15 at DeSales.

The Eagles ended their season on a nine-match losing streak, finishing 2-18 overall and 0-4 in the CCL.

Season ends for boys tennis team

The boys tennis team's season came to an end in the Division II sectional held May 14 and 16 at CSG.

The top four placers in singles and doubles qualified for district Friday, May 22, at Academy and Saturday, May 23, at Upper Arlington, and none of the Eagles advanced.

Juniors Tommy Scherer and Samwise Parkinson were seeded third in doubles but went 1-1, and junior Ryan Mar went 1-1 in singles. Going 0-1 were sophomores Thomas Abrams and Joe Heutel in singles and the doubles team of sophomores Todd Harklerode and Josh Weithman.

The Eagles beat Westerville South 5-0 on May 13 to finish 8-7 overall. They finished second (3-1) in the CCL, behind St. Charles (4-0) and ahead of DeSales (2-2), Hartley (1-3) and Ready (0-4).