The Whetstone High School baseball team won its fifth consecutive City League championship by beating visiting Briggs 16-1 in five innings in the City final May 19.

The Whetstone High School baseball team won its fifth consecutive City League championship by beating visiting Briggs 16-1 in five innings in the City final May 19.

The Braves scored in all four innings in which they batted, getting three runs in the first, five in the second, two in the third and six in the fourth. They totaled 15 hits, led by Zach Barnum, who went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and four RBI.

On the mound, Barnum scattered five hits and struck out eight without giving up an earned run.

Connor Flannagan went 2-for-2 at the plate, Jack Staggs was 2-for-3 with three runs and two RBI, Michael Ray was 2-for-3 and scored three times and Sam Price went 2-for-4 with three runs and three RBI.

"We hit the ball as well as we have all year and really did a great job overall," coach Tim Broskie said. "It's great to keep the streak (of City League championships) alive. Our first two goals every year are to win the City-North (Division) and to win the City championship."

Whetstone, which finished 19-7 overall and 12-0 in the City -North, is losing five seniors in Barnum (P/3B), Luke Green-Lauber (LF), Nick Hall (P/2B), Dexter Kowalski (OF) and Price (P/SS).

Barnum batted .539 with 33 runs scored and 32 RBI to lead the Braves, followed by Hall (.481, 34 runs, 24 RBI) and Price (.443, 30 runs, 26 RBI). Kowalski batted .261 with 17 runs and nine RBI and Green-Lauber scored five runs and had five RBI in limited at-bats.

On the mound, Hall was 3-3 with a 3.45 ERA in 24 1/3 innings, Barnum was 3-1 with two saves and a 0.19 ERA in 36 2/3 innings and Price was 2-2 with a 3.46 ERA in 28 1/3 innings.

"We had five wonderful seniors who all played and were the best leaders we've ever had as a group," Broskie said. "Hall and Price were four-year letterwinners and Barnum was our three-hole hitter for three seasons, which is crazy. Green-Lauber and Kowalski were three-year letterwinners. We'll miss this group tremendously."

Among the expected returnees are juniors Flannagan (RF), Ray (P/2B), Stan Russ (C) and Staggs (1B) and sophomore Seth Bragg (P/OF).

Staggs batted .397 with 32 runs and 25 RBI, Ray hit .396 with 24 runs and eight RBI, Flannagan hit .317 with 16 runs and 12 RBI and Russ batted .262 with 18 runs and 15 RBI.

On the mound, Ray was 4-1 with a 1.15 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 18 1/3 innings and Bragg was 2-0 with a 1.40 ERA in 15 innings.

Seeded 29th of 46 teams, the Braves lost to 30th-seeded Dublin Jerome 7-2 in the first round of the Division I district tournament May 9.

"We need to replace the heart of our batting order, but we have 15 players coming back with experience," Broskie said. "Ray was a great utility man playing second, shortstop and third whenever those guys pitched. Russ is back at catcher and Staggs is back at first base.

"Bragg did a great job on the mound and we also should have back three guys we used in our designated hitter rotation and they all did wonderful. The cupboard isn't bare by any means."

Boys 1,600 relay, Bossenbroek advance

Jamie Bossenbroek of the girls track and field team and the boys 1,600-meter relay qualified for the Division I regional meet, which began May 25 and concludes Friday, May 27, at Pickerington North.

The top four finishers in each regional event advance to the state meet June 3 and 4 at Ohio State.

Bossenbroek placed third in the 300 hurdles (46.85 seconds) in the district 3 meet, which concluded May 21 at Hilliard Darby. The top four finishers in each district event qualified for regional.

Sofia McLemore just missed advancing in the 400, as she placed fifth (1:00.37) behind fourth-place Lauren Wilson of Watkins Memorial (1:00.2).

McLemore placed sixth in the 100 (12.76) and Bossenbroek finished seventh in the 100 hurdles (16.54), as the Braves scored 15 points to finish 12th of 16 teams, behind champion Gahanna (155).

The boys 1,600 relay of Ibrahim Sesay, Adreon Barrett, Andrew Pierce and Ephrayim Robinson finished fourth (3:33.35) in the district 3 meet.

Also scoring for the boys team were the 400 relay of Barrett, Sesay, John Branham and Jerrimi Williams (sixth, 45.24) and Robinson in the 400 (seventh, 54.02).

The Braves totaled 10 points to tie for 12th of 14 teams, behind champion Pickerington Central (164.5).