The Marysville High School baseball team continued to reach new heights under coach John Carder.

The Marysville High School baseball team continued to reach new heights under coach John Carder.

The Monarchs earned their first 20-win season and first district final berth during Carder's six seasons by defeating Westerville North 4-3 in a Division I district semifinal May 21 at Worthington Kilbourne.

Marysville improved to 20-7 and played third-seeded Watkins Memorial in a district final May 23 at Ohio Dominican University.

"To get there is a great thing for these guys," Carder said. "These guys have worked really, really hard. We haven't had 20 wins in our program for (24 years), so this was a big day for us."

Marysville was playing in its first district final since 2003, when it lost to Upper Arlington 11-5.

The Monarchs' last district title came in 1992, when they defeated Briggs 6-5 in Division II.

Marysville last won 20 games in 1989.

The district champion plays Pickerington North or Hilliard Darby in a regional semifinal at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 30, at Dublin Coffman.

Marysville defeated Darby 7-4 on May 17.

The semifinal winner plays Gahanna, Grove City, Olentangy Orange or Thomas Worthington in a regional final at 5 p.m. Friday, May 31, at Coffman.

The Monarchs lost to Gahanna 12-2 in five innings April 1 and lost both OCC-Central Division games to Thomas, 1-0 on April 22 and 8-7 on April 30.

The regional champion advances to a state semifinal June 7 at Huntington Park. The state final is June 8 at Huntington Park.

Against 20th-seeded Westerville North, 14th-seeded Marysville trailed 1-0 after the top of the first inning and 3-1 in the fourth.

Center fielder Kyle Hites tripled to lead off the bottom of the first and scored on shortstop Corey Gould's single to tie the game at 1.

The Monarchs closed to 3-2 on first baseman Noah Arbogast's fielder's choice in the fourth and took the lead for good with two runs in the fifth.

Catcher Nick Ciotola singled to lead off the fifth and later scored on a wild pitch by starting and losing pitcher Michael Cooper. Hites reached on an infield error and later scored the go-ahead run on Gould's sacrifice fly.

"I have a lot of confidence in these guys," Carder said. "We've been in a lot of those spots before. We didn't have our best hitting game, but they battled through it. For some reason, they just find ways to win games."

Gould and Ciotola each singled twice. Sophomore Aron Mowery pitched the final three innings, allowing one hit, striking out three and walking two. He pitched out of jams in the fifth and sixth to earn the win.

"We're scrappy, we don't give up and we showed that again on how the whole team does anything to get a win," Mowery said. "This feels awesome. It's amazing."

Boys 3,200 relay advances to regional

The boys track and field team's 3,200-meter relay advanced to the Division I regional meet by finishing fourth (8 minutes, 6.16 seconds) in the district 1 meet May 21 at Darby.

The relay consisted of Clay Cochran, Michael Coffey, Josh Brady and Nick Williams.

The district 1 meet continued May 23 and concluded May 25. The top four finishers in each event advanced to the regional Wednesday, May 29, and Friday, May 31, at Pickerington North, where the top four in each event advance to the state meet June 7 and 8 at Ohio State.

"This makes me really happy because we've been trying to get here the last four years and we finally made it," Cochran said. "This will be my first time going to regionals."

"This is fantastic," coach J.B. Ritchie said. "

It's nice because I don't want the season to be over. I don't. It's so much fun with the kids and they're having a blast. I have them all addicted to track and field. It's great, it's really fun."

In the OCC-Central meet May 16 and 18 at Thomas, the boys finished sixth (53 points) behind Hilliard Davidson (204.5), Olentangy Liberty (127), Thomas (75), Coffman (72.5) and Upper Arlington (61) and ahead of Westland (31) and Central Crossing (28)

Cochran won the 800 (1:58) and Cochran, Williams, Jordan Bollman and Jesse Ramirez were second in the 1,600 relay (3:28.4).

The girls finished seventh (36) in the league meet behind Davidson (141.5), Coffman (140), Liberty (110), UA (97), Thomas (79.5) and Central Crossing (49) and ahead of Westland (9).

Camelia Kiss was second in the high jump (5 feet, 2 inches). Placing third were Mim Stonecipher in the pole vault (9-0) and Jessica Wickline in the discus (107-5).

Softball team loses to Gahanna

The softball team's season ended with a 9-2 loss to Gahanna in a district semifinal May 21 at Pickerington North.

The Monarchs, who were seeded third, finished 21-7.

"The team is frustrated because they realize they made mistakes," coach Jennifer Segner-Maxwell said. "They played tense, they made (three) errors and Gahanna capitalized on that. When you face good teams like you do in the district then you can't have those kind of errors and expect to win."

Sixth-seeded Gahanna took a 3-0 lead in the first inning on Brittany Oldaker's first of two three-run home runs.

Marysville closed to 3-2 in the bottom of the first, with one run scoring on first baseman Maria Reed's single and the other on third baseman Kyleah Brey's fielder's choice.

The Lions added two runs in the fourth and four in the sixth, with three coming on Oldaker's second homer.

Center fielder Taylor Hicks had two hits for the Monarchs. Second baseman Hunter Lobdell doubled and left fielder Riley Nelson singled.

Boys lacrosse team opens tournament

The boys lacrosse team was 8-7 before playing Jonathan Alder in an OHSLA Club Division tournament play-in game May 23.

The 12th-seeded Monarchs defeated the 24th-seeded Pioneers 18-2 on May 14.

The winner played seventh-seeded Avon Lake in the first round May 25, with that winner playing second-seeded Louisville Aquinas, 10th-seeded Canfield or 17th-seeded Eastlake North in a quarterfinal Saturday, June 1.

Marysville defeated Westerville South 9-7 on May 17. Senior attacker Adam Capuano had four goals and an assist, and senior goalkeeper Alec Todd had 21 saves.