The Grove City High School baseball team continued to set high standards this season.

The Grove City High School baseball team continued to set high standards this season.

The Greyhounds, who had played in a Division I state semifinal in each of the previous two seasons, reached another district final before losing to fourth-seeded Thomas Worthington 8-2 on May 24 at Otterbein University.

The game began May 23 but was suspended in the bottom of the sixth inning because of bad weather with Thomas leading 6-0.

Grove City finished 20-10.

"This has been a great year," said third baseman Brandon Marczika, who was one of 13 seniors. "For the most part, everybody got along. It's tough to go out that way. We set the standard high. What else can you ask for? That's what you have to do. You go in with high expectations, so it makes you work harder. It makes you want to get that far."

Grove City and Thomas were scoreless until the fourth inning, when the Cardinals took advantage of two errors and a misjudged fly ball to take a 4-0 lead.

"Our biggest problem this year was not making some critical plays when we had to," coach Ryan Alexander said. "We had escaped it for about a week and we hadn't had any of that and against Thomas Worthington we had three or four big errors."

Ben Miller's two-run home run in the fifth inning pushed the lead to 6-0.

The Greyhounds scored their runs in the top of the seventh on RBI groundouts by junior Dominic Cooper and senior Dallas Allen.

Grove City threatened in the third inning as junior left fielder Tyler Cowles reached on an infield error with two outs and center fielder/pitcher Ben Myers walked, but winning pitcher Roscoe Blackburn worked out of the jam.

Senior Kyle Bennett pitched the first four innings for Grove City and took the loss.

After a first-round bye in the district tournament, the seventh-seeded Greyhounds defeated 31st-seeded Teays Valley 7-0 in the second round May 15 at home and fifth-seeded Olentangy 9-0 in a semifinal May 21 at Hilliard Darby.

Grove City went 9-5 in the OCC-Ohio Division to finish third behind Pickerington North (12-2) and Pickerington Central (10-4) and ahead of Gahanna (8-6), Lancaster (8-6), Newark (5-9), Reynoldsburg (4-10) and Groveport (0-14).

Myers, a junior, hit .465. He led the team in runs (29) and tied senior first baseman Drew Artrip, who hit .393, for the team lead in RBI with 23.

Myers and Artrip were first-team all-league and all-district.

Cooper, a second baseman, hit .387 and was special mention all-league and honorable mention all-district.

Senior Tyler Gaitten (OF) hit .385 and sophomore Peyton Bowyer (OF) hit .370.

Marczika hit .360 and was honorable mention all-league.

Junior Josh Schaffer was 5-3 with a 1.84 ERA, 33 strikeouts and 25 walks in 38 innings. He was second-team all-league.

Bennett was 5-3 with a 1.76 ERA, 50 strikeouts and 10 walks in 63 2/3 innings. He was second-team all-district.

Myers was 4-1 with a 2.36 ERA, 25 strikeouts and 10 walks in 38 innings.

Other players who could return next season are juniors Jake Faught (INF) and Jake Norbut (1B/DH).

"It's a big class dismissing," Alexander said of the seniors. "There's seven guys coming back and all seven of them played a lot. We're excited about the group that we have coming back. We're definitely going to miss this group of seniors."