2010-05-29 / Front Page

District Champs Trifecta

by Charles Prince

Three lake-area teams won District Championships last week.

For the Lakewood Lady Lancers, it was their fourth straight district title and eighth in the last nine years. The Lady Lancers, who won back-to-back Division III state championships the last two years, moved up to Division II this year. Lakewood held their two district opponents – Olentangy and Canal Winchester – scoreless, while amassing 18 runs.

The Lady Lancers were ranked No. 4 in the final state poll and will face No. 3 LaGrange Keystone in a regional semi-final at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 27 at Bucyrus High School. The regional final is set for noon on Saturday, May 29 at Bucyrus High School.

A district championship is still familiar territory for the Lakewood Lancers, but last Wednesday’s win was their first district championship since 2005. The 25-4 Lancers defeated Licking Heights, Sparta Highland and Olentangy to win the district title.

The unranked Lancers head to Zanesville’s Gant Memorial Stadium to take on Richmond Edison in a regional semifinal at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 27. No. 4 Zanesville is playing in the other game in Lakewood’s bracket. The regional championship is set for 5 p.m. on Friday, May 28 in Zanesville.

Last week’s most significant win had to be Liberty Union Lady Lions’ heart attackinducing 4-3 win over No. 1 ranked Richwood North Union for a Division III district title. The win sends the unranked Lady Lions to a regional semifinal for the first time since 1987. The game was scoreless until the fifth inning. The Lions took a 1-0 lead on a two-out single by Jayce Born in the top of the fifth. North Union got that run back in their half of the inning for a 1-1 tie. The Lady Lions exploded for three more runs in the sixth inning on a double by Megan Van Almsick, a sacrifice fly by Leana Bachman, a single by Sam Mowery and some excellent base running. North Union got a run in their half, cutting the Lion lead to 4-2. The Lions didn’t score in their last at bat and the Ladycats had runners on first and second with just one out in their final at bat. Bachman caught a tough line drive for the second out. A single by the Ladycats clean-up hitter scored one run, but the Lions caught a runner in a rundown between second and third for the final out. Lions starter sophomore Sarah Klopfer recorded seven strikeouts including two against North Union’s clean-up hitter.

The Lady Lions face No. 2 ranked Piketon in a regional semi-final at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 26 at Lancaster High School. The regional championship is set for noon on Saturday, May 29 at Lancaster High School.

Two other lake-area teams made it to their District finals. Sheridan’s Lady Generals fell 9-7 to Gallipolis Gallia Academy. Sheridan overcame a slow start to the season to a strong tournament run with victories over Greenfield McClain and Chillicothe. The Lady Generals finished the season with a 13-12 record.

In Division IV, the Millersport Lady Lakers made it to the district final with tournament wins over Harvest Prep, Worthington Christian and Newark Catholic. They lead early, but fell 8-4 to Danville. The Lady Blue Devils were ranked No. 9 in the state and won their fifth straight district title. The Lakers finished with a 16-15 record.

Liberty Union Lions made it to the district semifinals before falling to Marion Pleasant and eventual district champion by a 2-1 score. The eighth seeded Lions defeated Galion Northmor to reach the semi-final. The Sheridan Generals reached the district quarter-finals. The eventual district champion, Circleville Logan Elm, beat the Generals 15-3. Sheridan beat Fairfield Union 3-2 to reach the quarter finals. Danville bested the Millersport Lakers 16-2 in the first round of the playoffs.

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