Making adjustments paid off for the Ready High School softball team during its Division III district tournament opener May 10.
After having a first-round bye, the fourth-seeded and host Silver Knights were locked in a scoreless tie with 10th-seeded Northridge until the bottom of the fourth inning when they scored twice.
Ready added one run in the fifth and got a grand slam from Hannah Bryan during a five-run sixth on its way to an 8-4 victory that sent it into a district semifinal May 15 against seventh-seeded West Jefferson at Pickerington North.
"We've had great defense all year and had a little rougher time on defense (against Northridge)," coach Jen Goff said. "It took us a little bit to adjust. Early on we were hitting, but we were just hitting it to people."
The Knights, who lost to Utica 2-1 on May 8 in a regular-season game, were 15-8 before facing West Jefferson.
The winner advanced to a district final Friday, May 18, or Saturday, May 19, against top-seeded North Union or 11th-seeded Marion Elgin at Pickerington Central.
The district champion plays Carlisle, Middletown Madison, West Milton Milton-Union or West Liberty-Salem in a regional semifinal Wednesday, May 23, at Wright State. The regional final is May 26 at Wright State.
Baseball season ends in second round
Throughout the regular season, defensive issues were among the baseball team's biggest struggles.
That the 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 Cade Dent also helped.
The 18th-seeded Knights beat 19th-seeded Mount Gilead 7-1 at home before losing at third-seeded Fredericktown 18-0 on May 10 in the second round to finish 2-18.
"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 Luke Jones went 2-for-4.
Tennis team wins two sectional matches
The boys tennis team didn't have any players advance to district from a Division II sectional May 10 at Columbus Academy.
In singles, Sandon Skuce beat Eastmoor Academy's Jaden Hairston 6-0, 6-0 in the first round but lost to Hartley's Collin Bender 6-0, 6-0 in the second. Tommy Sithidouangleuthai lost in a play-in match and Connor Nagy lost to Hartley's Peyton Eads 6-1, 1-6, 6-4 in the first round.
In doubles, Jarek Kolinski and Daniel Hamilton won their first-round match but lost to Grandview's Patrick Rowland and Bryan Gilleland 7-6, 3-6, 7-5 in the second. Dom Tokar and Ricky Pittman had a first-round bye and lost to Columbus Academy's Sam Vogel and Suriya Sundaram 6-0, 6-0 in the second.
Track teams prep for district meet
The boys and girls track and field teams are competing in the Division III, district 2 meet, which began May 15, continues Thursday, May 17, and concludes Saturday, May 19, at Watkins Memorial.
The top four finishers in each event advance to the regional Wednesday, May 23, and May 25 at Fairfield Union.
On May 8 and 10 in the CCL meet at Hartley, the girls finished fourth (47.5) behind Watterson (175.5), Hartley (116) and DeSales (107) and ahead of Columbus School for Girls (45). The boys were fifth (33) behind DeSales (138), St. Charles (126), Hartley (113) and Watterson (78).
For the girls, Lauren Whitt won the 400 meters (59.87 seconds) and was fifth in the 100 (13.28), 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 boys, Shelrick McElroy was runner-up in the 200 (22.7) and 100 (11.17), the 800 relay of Austin Aiello, Jack Foley, McElroy and John Riewe was third (1:36.01) and Matt Frye was fifth in the shot put (38-5 1/2) and fifth in the discus (112-7).