The Westerville North High School baseball team reached a Division I district semifinal for the first time in coach Sean Ring's six seasons before falling to Marysville 4-3 on May 21 at Worthington Kilbourne.

The Westerville North High School baseball team reached a Division I district semifinal for the first time in coach Sean Ring's six seasons before falling to Marysville 4-3 on May 21 at Worthington Kilbourne.

The 14th-seeded Monarchs went on to win a district title by defeating third-seeded Watkins Memorial 7-2 on May 23 at Ohio Dominican.

The 20th-seeded Warriors finished 15-15.

North took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on center fielder Kevin Hackett's two-out double and pitcher Michael Cooper's RBI single.

After Marysville tied the game at 1 in the bottom of the first on shortstop Corey Gould's RBI single, the Warriors took a 3-1 lead in the fourth on RBI singles from Cooper and catcher Ryan Curtis.

The Monarchs closed to 3-2 with a run in the bottom of the fourth and took the lead for good with two runs in the fifth. Catcher Nick Ciotola scored on a Cooper wild pitch and left fielder Kyle Hites scored on Gould's sacrifice fly.

Cooper, Curtis and left fielder Joe Beekman each singled twice for the Warriors.

"We had our chances all game," Ring said. "I feel like I came in after every inning and said, 'If we could just get one to crack it open.'

"We had a lot of guys on base, a lot of guys in (scoring) position. We hit a lot of good, strong line drives. Our kids battled. We just had some bounces that didn't go our way and some that went their way and that's baseball."