It was wide open for five innings, and then Elder made it interesting.  But New Albany coach Dave Starling had it pegged about right.  His starter delivered, his offense produced, and his bullpen finally nailed down the 2021 Division I title in a wild finish.

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Jun
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It was wide open for five innings, and then Elder made it interesting.  But New Albany coach Dave Starling had it pegged about right.  His starter delivered, his offense produced, and his bullpen finally nailed down the 2021 Division I title in a wild finish.

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Jun
12

Shocker: New Albany Powers Past Walsh To D-I Final

After a nervous start…great pitching, great defense, and timely hitting powered New Albany to reliever Brady Conley (below, middle) and past favored Walsh Jesuit to play in Sunday’s Division I final. Read about the game on Press Pros.

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Colts Elite Brings Hilliard Rivals Together

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Jun
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Conley’s Stellar Relief Helps New Albany Edge Orange

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Braun’s Historic Triple Powers Central Ohio Domination

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Blackledge: Jumpers Take Center Stage At Friday State Meet

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Ailing Wolfe Powers Orange Advance To Meet New Albany

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‘Grinder’ DI Regional Features Some Impressive Performances…

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The Next Natural? Meet Hartley’s Kami Kortokrax

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Jace Middleton: En Route With A Family Tradition

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Blackledge: The Truth Of The Matter Lies Somewhere In Between

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DeSales Overwhelmed By St. Vincent-St. Mary Feeding Frenzy

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Mar
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Watson, Defense Propels DeSales To Win Over C-J

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Cook’s Last Second Heave Lands Westerville Central In Final Four

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Blackledge: Westerville Central Captures District Over Pick North

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