Liberty Union wins No. 1 seed in Central District tournament draw

COLUMBUS – Regardless of your team’s record, tournament time is always exciting, and while there wasn’t much suspense in the draws for the Central District and Southeast District of Sunday for area high school baseball teams, it’s always interesting to know exactly where the teams will be seeded.

A year ago, four regional teams — Lancaster, Liberty Union, Fisher Catholic and Bloom-Carroll — won district championships. The Bulldogs ultimately lost 2-1 in 10 innings in the Division II state championship game.

It looks like it could be another banner year in tournaments for teams in the region. Liberty Union, which is ranked No. 2 in the state in the High School Baseball Coaches Association’s Division III poll, won the No. 1 seed on Sunday.

The Lions, who won the Mid-State League-Buckeye Division championship for the first time since 2003, reached the regional final in 2021.

Liberty Union has a first-round bye and will face matchup winner Marion Elgin-Africentric on May 19. Additionally, in Division III, Amanda-Clearcreek is a No. 4 seed and will host North Union on May 19. Aces are in the opposite bracket of Liberty Union.

In Division I, Lancaster, which has won three straight Central District championships and is closing in on its fourth consecutive Ohio Capital Conference title, earned a No. 3 seed and a bye to the first round. The Golden Gales will face the Westerville South-Columbus South winner at Beavers Field on May 18.

In Division II, Bloom-Carroll earned a No. 3 seed and has a bye. The Bulldogs will face either River Valley or Columbus East on May 19.

The Bulldogs opted to go in the same bracket as top-seeded Granville, and if the seeds hold, they will face the Blue Aces in the district semifinals. Jonathan Alder, the no. 4 seed, is also in the same bracket, which could set up a District Finals clash against Bloom-Carroll or Granville.

In the Southeast Division, Fairfield Union will travel to face Unioto on May 16.

In Division IV, Bern Union, fresh off winning the Mid-State League-Cardinal Division championship, secured a No. 2 seed behind top seed Newark Catholic. The Rockets will host Wellington on May 18.

Fairfield Christian Academy will host Tree of Life on May 18. If the seeds are confirmed, Bern Union and the Knights will meet in the district semifinals.

Millersport got a No. 4 seed and will host Danville, and No. 9 seed Fisher Catholic will host Granville Christian on May 18.

Tom Wilson is a sports reporter for the Lancaster Eagle Gazette. Contact him at 740-689-5150 or email twilson@gannett.com for comment or story advice. Follow him on Twitter @twil2323.

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