Rettinger planned to stick around for one more season.
“I keep saying that every year, and every year my daughter (Rachel, 7) gets a year older,” he said. “We won the league on a Wednesday night, and I went home and sent my resignation in and said I was so proud of them and where they’ve gone. They’re going to be really good next year, and I anted to make sure I left it in a really good spot, and it’s in really good shape.”
Ross fell to 0-4 in regional semifinals. It lost to Graham in 1995, Alter in 2001 and Columbus DeSales in 2017.
Cincinnati Hills (25-5) will play Chaminade Julienne, which advanced with a 3-2 victory against Columbus Bishop Hartley, in the regional final at 5 p.m. Friday at Mason High School.
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One inning cost the Rams on Thursday. Cincinnati Hills had three singles, a double and a triple in the first. It also took advantage of two plays Ross didn’t make: one on a long fly ball to right field and another on a high pop fly that dropped near the pitcher’s mound for a hit.
“You just can’t give up that inning,” Rettinger said. “It’s hard to fight back from. It takes away some things we like to do with bunting and running. You can’t do that when you’re down by that.”
Lucas Rotello drove in the first run with a double. A triple by Mason Bernhardt scored two runs. Oakley Tippen and Blake Sheffer also had RBIs.
CHCA added runs in the fourth and fifth to take an 8-0 lead. Ross got on the board in the sixth. A single by Ethan Hall scored Dylan Lakes.