COLUMBUS – The softball teams of Sheridan, Miller, Crooksville, and New Lexington all learned their postseason fates on May 2 after the brackets were released on the OHSAA SEDAB website.
The Lady Generals (15-5) earned the top seed in the Division II tournament. Head Coach Troy Wolfe and company receive a first-round bye and will host the winner of #16-seed Miami Trace (3-14) and #17-seed Chillicothe (2-19) on May 10 in Thornville.
“There are a lot of quality teams in the Southeast District this season and we are honored to earn their vote,” Wolfe said. “I think it’s a reflection of our program, our schedule, our girls and their work ethic. We’re focused on getting better each day with the hopes of making a run in the tournament.”
Miller (6-6) is seeded 13th in the Division IV bracket. The Lady Falcons will travel to number four-seed South Webster (13-5) on May 13. The winner of that game will take on the winner of five-seed Manchester (13-5) and #12-seed Eastern Pike (6-11).
“It was a little lower than I thought it should have been,” Lady Falcons Head Coach Jenny Agriesti said. “Based on records and teams played, I thought we should have been around the 11 seed, not 13th. But having left the TVC and not playing some of those teams anymore I’m not surprised we ended up where we did.”
Over in the Division III tournament, Crooksville (13-5) earned the number seven-seed and a first-round bye. The Lady Ceramics will await the winner between #18-seed Valley (7-8) and #31-seed North Adams (0-9). Crooksville will host the winner on May 14.
“We are happy with being the 7th seed and getting to host the sectional championship,” Crooksville Head Coach Casey Vallee said. “We are focused on the MVL right now as we are trying to capture the first MVL title in school history, but after the league we will focus on the tournaments and hope to make a run. We know our district is tough. I respect our district and the quality of teams in it. [We] hope to stay focused with all the bad weather in the forecast and continue a very good season.
New Lexington (4-15) got the #23-seed in Division III and will host #26-seed Eastern Brown (3-7) in the first-round on May 11. The winner will then make the trip to number two-seed Ironton (19-3) on May 14.
“We’re going to have to overcome to get through our sectional,” Lady Panther Head Coach Alyssa Wolfe said. “We have struggled through adversity all season in our youthfulness, inexperience, and injury. We have the opportunity to host first round which is a blessing to have home field advantage. We will battle hard and use the experiences we have learned throughout season to help us compete. Ironton will be a tough battle, as they always are, but game one versus Eastern Brown will be our first challenge to overcome. It’s time to rise to the challenge, and I’m confident the kids have trained hard and have experience to be able to compete.
All first and second-round games are slated to start at 5 pm.
Full brackets can be found here: