It’s tournament time with HS baseball, softball draws

By Eric Cline

May 7, 2014

Four of six Delaware County baseball teams and six of seven softball teams will play their first tournament games in the second round following the 2014 OHSAA Central District baseball and softball tournament meeting held Sunday.

The baseball draw took place at Pickerington Central High School, and all four Delaware County Division I teams took a first-round bye, waiting until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14, to play their first games.
Olentangy Liberty earned the No. 2 seed, the highest seed among Delaware County teams, and will face the winner of the Monday, May 12, game between 36th-seeded Chillicothe and 44th-seeded Franklin Heights at Liberty High School.
The Olentangy Orange Pioneers were seeded at No. 4, and will play either No. 32 seed Dublin Scioto or No. 37 seed Groveport at home. The Olentangy Braves, seeded No. 15, will host the 26th-seeded Hamilton Township Rangers, and the Delaware Hayes Pacers, the No. 17 seed, face either 24th-seeded Pickerington Central or No. 42 seed Logan at Fouts-Wood Field.
The two Division II teams from Delaware County chose to play first round games, scheduled for 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 13. The Big Walnut Golden Eagles, the No. 10 seed in Division II, will host 23rd-seeded Mifflin, with the winner playing No. 7 seed River Valley in Caledonia on Thursday, May 15.
The Buckeye Valley Barons, the No. 14 seed, will play host to the Columbus East Tigers, with the victor taking on No. 8 seeded Highland in Sparta at 5 p.m. May 13th.
The softball draw was held just up the road at Pickerington North High School, and of the five Division I teams in Delaware County, four took byes, scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 15.
The Hayes Pacers secured the county’s highest seed, No. 2 overall, and will host the winner of the Tuesday, May 13, game between 39th-seeded Reynoldsburg and 41st-seeded Columbus Northland at Pacer Park.
The Liberty Patriots took the No. 8 seed, and will host either 25th-seeded Westerville North or 37th-seeded Columbus Whetstone at Liberty High School. The Big Walnut Golden Eagles were seeded at No. 11, and will host either No. 21 seed Central Crossing or No. 40 seed Bishop Watterson in Sunbury.
The Orange Pioneers were the only county softball team to choose to play a first-round game, and will face No. 33 seed Zanesville at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, at Orange High School. The winner will play the county’s other team to take a first round bye, the No. 18 seeded Olentangy Braves, at Olentangy High School.
Big Walnut’s move to Division I leaves the Buckeye Valley Barons as the county’s only Division II team this year. The Barons, the No. 9 seed in Division II, also took a bye, and will either host No. 16 Columbus South or travel to No. 8 seeded London for their game at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 14.
The county’s lone Division IV team, the Delaware Christian Eagles, were seeded No. 10 overall and took a bye, but chose to take on the No. 1 seed in Division IV, the Millersport Lakers, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 13 in Millersport.