Even before its Division I district semifinal May 19, the Pickerington High School North softball team already had made postseason memories.

Even before its Division I district semifinal May 19, the Pickerington High School North softball team already had made postseason memories.

The 19th-seeded Panthers earned their first postseason win since 2012 when they defeated 33rd-seeded Marion Harding 14-5 in a first-round home game May 12, then built on that performance the next day with a 4-1 upset of 15th-seeded Watterson at Ridgeview Middle School.

North made its first district semifinal appearance since 2012 against eighth-seeded Delaware at the Panthers' home facility. A win would have put the Panthers in their first district final since 2006.

Shelby Baker and Taylor Lott each had two hits against Watterson to help lead the Panthers, who scored two runs in the fourth inning to take the lead for good and two more in the seventh to pull away. North pitcher Emily Montgomery held the Eagles to three hits.

North was 12-16 before playing Delaware in a semifinal that was postponed one day because of bad weather.

"Emily Montgomery was very efficient with her pitching and our defense gave her great support," coach Sarah Looker said. "It was an all-in, team win for us."

Against Harding, North trailed 4-3 through three innings but scored four runs in the fourth and seven in the sixth to take control.

Jayna Binkiewicz had a two-run single in the fourth and another two-run hit in the sixth.

Audrey Wilson added a three-run double in the sixth for the Panthers, whose first-round game was pushed back one day because of bad weather.

The semifinal winner plays third-seeded Olentangy Liberty or 20th-seeded Olentangy in a district final Friday, May 22, or Saturday, May 23, at Pickerington Central.

The district champion advances to a regional semifinal against Dresden Tri-Valley, Gahanna, Lancaster or Watkins Memorial on Wednesday, May 27, at Ohio State, with that winner playing in a regional final May 30 at Ohio State.

Of those teams, North played both Lancaster and Gahanna twice in OCC-Ohio Division action. The Panthers split their games against the Golden Gales, winning 7-1 on April 14 and losing 8-6 on April 24, and were swept by Gahanna, losing 11-1 in five innings on April 17 and 10-2 on May 4.

Tigers cruise in tourney opener

Paige Johnson had three hits and Kaitlyn Miller had two hits and four RBI to lead a balanced effort, as second-seeded Central advanced in the Division I district tournament with an 11-1, five-inning win over 46th-seeded Zanes-ville in a second-round home game May 13.

Andi Farrah also had two hits for the Tigers.

Pitchers Tawny Gorman and Toni Jones combined to strike out 10, walk two and allow four hits.

Central, which lost to Lakewood 14-6 on May 16 in a regular-season contest, was 22-4 before playing 24th-seeded Westerville South in a district semifinal May 19.

The semifinal winner plays top-seeded Marysville or 21st-seeded Teays Valley in a district final Friday, May 22, or Saturday, May 23, at Central.

The district champion advances to a regional semifinal May 28 at Ohio State.

The Tigers did not play Marysville or Teays Valley during the regular season.