Although his team fell short of two goals, Dublin Jerome High School baseball coach Chris Huesman was proud of what the Celtics accomplished.

Although his team fell short of two goals, Dublin Jerome High School baseball coach Chris Huesman was proud of what the Celtics accomplished.

They came up short in their pursuit of a Division I district title, losing to fourth-seeded and eventual district champion Thomas Worthington 5-2 in a semifinal May 21 at Hilliard Davidson.

Jerome finished 19-8 overall, falling short of its goal for a 20-win season.

But the Celtics did manage to win their first outright league championship by going 12-2 in the OCC-Cardinal Division.

"We fell short of our second goal of winning 20 games by one game and fell two games short of winning the district title," said Huesman, who was named the league's Coach of the Year.

"We felt like we were one of the better teams in the Central District."

In the OCC-Cardinal, Jerome finished ahead of Hilliard Darby (11-3), Westerville South (8-6), Westerville North (7-7), Scioto (5-8), Hilliard Bradley (5-9), Westerville Central (4-9) and Worthington Kilbourne (3-11).

Against Thomas, Jerome took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on junior Tyler Bookmyer's groundout, which scored shortstop Masashi Sakamoto.

The Celtics made it 2-0 in the fourth on Sakamoto's leadoff single and pitcher Jason Johnson's sacrifice fly.

The Cardinals scored their five runs in the bottom of the inning, highlighted by right fielder Nick Highley's two-run triple.

After a first-round bye, ninth-seeded Jerome scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh to defeat 24th-seeded Whetstone 4-3 in the second round of the district tournament May 15.

Senior Tom Coon (3B/P) was named Player of the Year in the league after hitting .396 with a team-high 36 hits, 27 RBI, 11 doubles and three home runs. He also was first-team all-district.

Johnson and Sakamoto were first-team all-league and second-team all-district.

Sakamoto, who will play at Akron, was 9-3 with a 2.14 ERA, 50 strikeouts and five walks in 55 2/3 innings.

Johnson, who will play at Dayton, was 4-3 with a 2.05 ERA, 58 strikeouts and 14 walks in 58 innings.

Sakamoto hit .321 with 14 RBI and Johnson hit .294 with 13 RBI.

Senior catcher Kyle Lento was first-team all-district and second-team all-league after hitting .300 with 15 RBI.

Senior infielder Colin Seely was honorable mention all-league and all-district.

Other players who could return are juniors Jason Corvese (INF), Blaize Gorman (INF), Jake King (OF), Adam Klusacek (OF), Thomas Ludwig (INF), Tom Mazurek (INF), Colin Mitchell (INF), Patryk Moeller (INF), Nick Thomas (INF/P) and Joe Vinci (OF).

"We'll have some decent experience coming back, but not a lot of game experience," Huesman said.

Saunders happy withteam's development

Coffman coach Tim Saunders was pleased with his team's improvement this season.

After beginning OCC-Central play 1-3, the Shamrocks went 7-3 to finish 8-6 and tie Upper Arlington for fourth behind Thomas (11-3), Olentangy Liberty (9-5) and Marysville (9-5) and ahead of Davidson (6-8), Central Crossing (5-9) and Westland (0-14).

Coffman finished 14-13 overall after losing to fifth-seeded Olentangy 3-1 in the second round of the Division I district tournament May 15.

The 29th-seeded Shamrocks, who had a first-round bye, opened the season with a 10-3 win over the Braves on April 3.

"I told the team before the tournament game that: 'I'm as proud of you guys for what you've done as any team that we've had. To look so bad at times and you turned this whole thing around, which was what we were hoping and what we strive for,'" Saunders said.

The Shamrocks won both of their games in the Dublin Classic on May 4 at home, defeating Scioto 5-2 and Jerome 10-1. Jerome defeated Scioto 13-7.

Senior Jacob Gilbert (RF/C) was first-team all-league and second-team all-district after hitting .394 with 17 RBI and 17 runs.

Senior second baseman Connor Grootenhuis and senior shortstop Brett Griffey were second-team all-league. Grootenhuis hit .358 with a team-high 19 RBI and Griffey hit .289 with 19 runs.

Sophomore pitcher Joey Murray was special mention all-league after going 5-2 with a 4.09 ERA, 45 strikeouts and 17 walks in 39 1/3 innings.

Senior outfielder Dominic Tiberi was honorable mention all-league after hitting .352 with 17 RBI.

Junior catcher Robbie Numbers hit .392.

Senior pitcher Andrew Dugal was 5-4 with a 2.15 ERA, 34 strikeouts and 18 walks in 55 1/3 innings.

Other players who could return are juniors Sam Buford (OF), Mitchell Church (P), Doug Isaly (3B/P), Tyler Jester (OF), Joel Kappeler (OF/C), Carter Leffler (2B), Chris Machulski (1B/DH), Dalton Maynard (OF), Andy McCullough (P/1B), Aaron Pape (OF) and Preston So (P) and sophomores Alex Berling (1B) and C.J. Saunders (INF).

"Our defense was solid, which it had to be to compete with good teams," coach Saunders said.

Scioto finishes firstyear under Carpenter

Scioto finished 14-14 overall under first-year coach Ken Carpenter, losing to host Westerville North 9-3 in the first round of the Division I district tournament May 13.

"We let some things get away from us against Westerville North, but they're a great group of guys and they went out and played hard every single game. Things just didn't go our way (May 13)," Carpenter said.

Senior Aaron Strausbaugh (SS/P) was first-team all-league and second-team all-district after hitting .447 with 31 runs and 21 RBI.

Sophomore Nick Conner (CF/P) was second-team all-league and honorable mention all-district after hitting .378 with 22 RBI.

Junior Matt Messick (P/INF), who hit .411 with a team-high 34 runs, was second-team all-league.

Senior Carl Kubalak (C/3B) was honorable mention all-league after hitting .271 with 14 RBI and 13 runs.

Senior Matt Vogel (OF) hit .306 with 24 runs and 23 RBI.

Other players who could return are juniors Brad Dinan (INF), Max O'Connell (P/1B) and Spencer Talentino (OF) and freshman Ryan Keel (C/utility player).

"When I took the job I was told by a lot of different people that we wouldn't have a chance to be a winning team," Carpenter said. "We went out and won 14 games."