Throughout the regular season, defensive issues were among the Ready High School baseball team's biggest deficiencies.

That the Silver Knights committed just one error in their Division III district tournament opener against Mount Gilead on May 8 was among the contributing factors in helping them win their second game of the season.

A strong pitching performance from junior Cade Dent also helped.

The 18th-seeded Knights beat 19th-seeded Mount Gilead 7-1 at home to improve to 2-17 and advance to a second-round game May 10 at third-seeded Fredericktown.

"All in all, we played great (against Mount Gilead)" coach Bruce Lunsford said. "(We had) a lot of stolen bases. I give a lot of credit to my (junior varsity) boys with the energy they come with on the bench."

Dent allowed seven hits and gave up his only run in the seventh inning, and freshman Luke Jones went 2-for-4.

The Ready-Fredericktown winner plays 10th-seeded Grandview or 11th-seeded Marion Pleasant in a district semifinal Tuesday, May 15, at a site to be announced, with the winner to face top-seeded West Jefferson, seventh-seeded Marion Elgin, 13th-seeded Galion Northmor or 17th-seeded Madison Plains in a district final Thursday, May 17, at a site to be announced.

The district champion plays in a regional semifinal May 24.

Softball team begins tournament play

The fourth-seeded softball team was 14-8 before opening the Division III district tournament May 10 at home against 10th-seeded Northridge in the second round.

If the Knights won that game, they will play seventh-seeded West Jefferson or ninth-seeded Northmor in a district semifinal Tuesday, May 15, at a site to be announced.

The winner will play top-seeded North Union, 11th-seeded Elgin, 12th-seeded Johnstown or 19th-seeded Mount Gilead in a district final Friday, May 18, or Saturday, May 19, at Pickerington Central. The district champion plays in a regional semifinal May 23 at Wright State.

Ready lost to Utica 2-1 on May 8 in a regular-season game. Utica earned the third seed for the district tournament.

Tennis team competes at district tourney

The boys tennis team competed May 10 in a Division II sectional tournament at Columbus Academy. If any of its singles or doubles entrants won their two matches, they also competed May 12.

The top four finishers in singles and doubles at sectional advanced to the district tournament Thursday, May 17, at Academy and Saturday, May 19, at Upper Arlington.

Connor Nagy, Tommy Sithidouangleuthai and Sandon Skuce competed in singles at sectional, while the teams of Ricky Pittman and Dom Tokar and Daniel Hamilton and Jarek Kolinski competed in doubles.

With a 5-0 loss May 7 to St. Charles, the Knights dropped to 1-9 overall and finished 0-4 in the CCL.

Track teams prep for district meet

The boys and girls track and field teams compete in the Division III, district 2 meet Tuesday, May 15, Thursday, May 17, and Saturday, May 19, at Watkins Memorial.

The top four finishers in each event advance to the regional May 23 and 25 at Fairfield Union.

On May 8 during the opening day of the CCL meet at Hartley, Derricka Bramwell won the shot put (35 feet, 4 inches), Lindsay Bair was first in the long jump (16-11) and Michaela Kopczewski was third in the discus (81-9) for the girls. Matt Frye was fifth in the shot put (38-5 1/2) and fifth in the discus (112-7) for the boys.

All running finals except for the 3,200-meter relay were held May 10.