The Delaware Hayes High School softball team reached a Division I district final for the second time in three seasons and fourth time in program history.

The Delaware Hayes High School softball team reached a Division I district final for the second time in three seasons and fourth time in program history.

The top-seeded Pacers defeated 10th-seeded Teays Valley 4-3 in a district semifinal May 22 at Pickerington Central to improve to 22-3. They faced ninth-seeded and host Pickerington Central in a district final May 25, with the winner advancing to a regional semifinal against Grove City or Watterson on Wednesday, May 29, at Ohio State.

Delaware won a district championship in 2005, defeating Gahanna 1-0 in a final before losing to West Chester Lakota West 4-0 in a regional semifinal. Its other two district final appearances came in 2011, when it lost to Gahanna 7-5, and 2004, when it lost to Marysville 8-3.

This marked the second year in a row in which the Pacers faced Teays Valley in the district tournament. The Vikings upset eighth-seeded Delaware 7-5 in the second round a year ago, but the Pacers avenged the loss, scoring the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning when left fielder Jordan Osborne scored from second base on a throwing error with no outs.

"This was a great game and we showed a lot of character and heart to pull this out," coach Mark Thomas said. "It was a total team effort."

Osborne, the Pacers' No. 9 batter, led off the seventh with a swinging bunt.

"I just had to get on and be a baserunner, give us a spark," said Osborne, who had a two-run single in the second to tie the game at 2. "This is an amazing feeling."

With third baseman Alaina Manor batting, Osborne took second base on a wild pitch. Manor then bunted down the third-base line and Vikings third baseman Gabby Gregg's throw skipped down the first-base line, allowing Osborne to score.

"I thought it was the right thing to do, at least bunt her over to third base," Manor said. "I'm OK with bunting (in that situation). The first baseman and third baseman were back, so it was a good idea."

Gregg hit a two-run home run in the first inning off starting pitcher Madison Huck and her solo home run in the sixth gave the Vikings a 3-2 lead before Mikayla Cooper relieved Huck.

"Madison pitched a great game for a freshman," Thomas said. "I told Cooper I should've made the move before the inning and she said, 'Don't worry coach, I'm going to hit a home run the next time up.'"

Cooper homered to right field to lead off the sixth, tying the game at 3.

"I went up thinking a walk is as good as a hit," Cooper said. "They pitched me outside every time up, but they had a new pitcher (Alyssa Rothwell) in there. Her first pitch to me was on the outside corner and I told myself if I get the same pitch, I'm going to send it. I got the same pitch and just went that way."

Delaware has not played Grove City or Watterson this season. The Greyhounds were seeded second in the district and improved to 25-4 with a 6-0 win over Groveport in a district semifinal. The Eagles were the eighth seed and were 19-4 after beating Worthington Kilbourne 2-0 in a district semifinal.

The regional semifinal winner will face Gahanna, Westerville Central or North Canton Hoover in a regional final Friday, May 31, at Ohio State. The regional champion will advance to a state semifinal June 6 at Firestone Stadium in Akron.

Delaware has not played any of the possible regional final opponents this season.

Season ends for boys tennis team

No members of the boys tennis team advanced to the Division I district tournament held May 24 and 25 at Hilliard Davidson.

Delaware competed in the sectional tournament May 16 and 18 at Davidson, where the top four finishers in singles and doubles advanced to district.

John Homan fell one win shy of advancing. The junior defeated Davidson's Nick Armstrong 6-3, 6-0 in the first round and Hilliard Bradley's Nizam Hussein 6-1, 6-2 in the second round before losing to top-seeded Canyon Teague of Gahanna 6-2, 6-0 in a quarterfinal match.

Also competing in singles were juniors Nathan Bonofiglio and Nate Miklas. Bonofiglio beat Big Walnut's Scott Bailey 6-1, 6-0 in the first round before losing to second-seeded Brian Do of Dublin Coffman 6-4, 6-2 in the second round. Miklas lost to third-seeded Paul Bohor-quez of Thomas Worthington 6-3, 6-2 in the opening round.

In doubles, senior Thomas Lenhart and junior Jason Watkins lost to Bradley's Doug Knecht and Jimmy Gaydos 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 in the first round and junior Paul Claymier and freshman Brandon Becker lost to Thomas Worthington's Jamie Burpee and Jesse Greene 6-1, 6-2 in their opening-round match.

"I think we won just about all the matches we were capable of winning in the sectional and lost the matches where our opponents were just better and more talented," coach Dan Morrison said. "Lenhart and Watkins could've gotten their first-round match, so they were disappointed. But other than that, we were pleased."

Delaware finished 7-9 overall and went 3-4 in the OCC-Capital Division. The Pacers concluded the league tournament May 11 at Olentangy with 35 points to tie Big Walnut and Watkins Memorial for fourth in the final standings, behind New Albany (82, 7-0), Olentangy (55, 6-1) and Olentangy Orange (53, 5-2) and ahead of Mount Vernon (16, 1-6) and Franklin Heights (2, 0-7).

"It was a pretty good season considering Homan was injured last season and had virtually no experience at first singles, Bonofiglio wasn't even a varsity player to start last year and Miklas played primarily doubles last year," Morrison said. "Plus, we had new doubles teams.

"The good news is that six of our top seven players should be back next year, so I expect we should be quite strong."

Track teams compete in district meet

The track and field teams competed in the 16-team Division I, district 3 meet May 22, 23 and 25 at Hilliard Darby.

The top four finishers in each event advanced to the regional meet Wednesday, May 29, and Friday, May 31, at Pickerington North. The top four finishers in each regional event advance to the state meet June 7 and 8 at Ohio State.

Delaware competed in the OCC-Capital meet May 16 and 18 at Bradley.

The boys team scored 52.5 points to finish fifth (52.5), behind New Albany (182), Watkins Memorial (173), Big Walnut (81) and Olentangy (69) and ahead of Orange (41.5), Mount Vernon (37) and Franklin Heights (25).

Placing second for the Pacers were Collin Wittig in the shot put (50 feet, 1 inch), Cole Millet in the 400 meters (50.41 seconds) and the 800 relay of Brendan Conley, Millet, Skyler Helmeci and Ethan Tucky (1:30.51).

Finishing fourth were Tucky in the 100 (11.39) and the 400 relay of Caleb Howell, Nick Shaver, Helmeci and Tucky (45.03).

The girls team scored 27 points in the league meet to finish eighth, behind New Albany (153), Big Walnut (124.5), Watkins Memorial (109.5), Orange (79.5), Olentangy (70.5), Franklin Heights (50) and Mount Vernon (46).

Emily Richards was the Pacers' highest finisher, placing second in the 400 (1:00.35). Emily Mengerink placed third in the 800 (2:23.16) and the 3,200 relay of Richards, Taylor McGinnis, Courtney White and Mengerink was fourth (9:58.74).

Boys lacrosse team begins postseason

The boys lacrosse team concluded the regular season May 17 with a 12-5 win over Big Walnut to improve to 14-3 overall and finish 4-2 in the OCC-Central.

The defending state champion in the club division, Delaware is the top seed in the 25-team club tournament. The Pacers began their title defense May 25 with a first-round game against 16th-seeded Eagles Lacrosse Club of Dayton or 23rd-seeded Dayton Lacrosse Club. The Eagles and Dayton met in a play-in May 23.

The first-round winner plays host to eighth-seeded Fairfield, 13th-seeded Toledo Ottawa Hills or 25th-seeded Olmsted Falls in a quarterfinal June 1.

Delaware has not played any of the possible quarterfinal opponents this season, but it defeated Ottawa Hills 20-3 in a state semifinal last season before beating Springboro 11-10 in overtime in the final.

The win over Big Walnut was Delaware's ninth in a row. Sophomore attacker Judson Huston led the way with four goals and two assists. Senior attacker Griffin Kinney had two goals, senior attacker Kyle Gabbert had four assists and senior goalkeeper Michael Duffy had 16 saves.

Delaware tied Pickerington North for second in the OCC-Central, behind Pickerington Central (6-0) and ahead of Westerville Central (3-3), Westerville North (3-3), Big Walnut (1-5) and Westerville South (0-6).