The match-up the lacrosse community of Central Ohio has been waiting for
will happen today as Worthington Kilbourne travels to Upper Arlington.
The programs are among the best in the Midwest and are both nationally-ranked. Kilbourne is No. 15 in the country according to ESPN RISE, while UA is No. 17. Something has got to give.
With the weather warming up, balls were flying out of baseball and softball parks across central Ohio over the past week. It’s just not the long ball heating up – many of the area’s teams continue to stack up quality records.
In baseball, some highlight teams include Dublin Scioto (13-1), Pickerington North (12-1), Grove City Christian (10-1), Olentangy Liberty (14-2), Hilliard Davidson (13-2), Mount Vernon (13-2), Hebron Lakewood (15-3) and Canal Winchester (14-3).
In softball, some highlight teams include: Upper Arlington (15-0), Gahanna (14-0), Liberty Union (14-1), Grove City (15-2), Pickerington Central (12-2), Westerville North (12-3) and Bishop Ready (11-3).
Central District teams will know where they’ll stand this weekend as the draw for the baseball and softball tournaments will be conducted on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the clash the lacrosse community of central Ohio has been waiting for will happen today as Worthington Kilbourne travels to Upper Arlington. The programs are among the best in the Midwest.
Track and field continues to countdown to league meets in mid-May, as athletes from around the area will participate in the Gahanna Relays on Friday.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Austin Schindley, Sparta Highland baseball: Schindley hit a grand slam and knocked in five runs total for the Scots in a 10-4 win over Ridgedale. In a doubleheader victory over Johnstown, Schindley added two doubles.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Canal Winchester softball: The Lady Indians knocked off previously undefeated Teays Valley twice – 15-8 and 3-1 – to take control of the Mid-State League Buckeye Division race with two weeks left in the season. In the 15-8 win, Canal Winchester was led by Hannah Toler collecting four hits, including two doubles, and knocking in three runs. Andi Smith chipped in three more hits and two RBIs. Amy Smith and Toler contributed RBIs in the 3-1 win.
NEWS, NOTES & NUGGETS:
Good debut: While most seniors around central Ohio are attending the prom, Licking Valley graduate Storm Klein took the early exit from high school to start his college career with the Ohio State Buckeyes. Klein made his debut in the Scarlet and Gray game, collecting four tackles and a pass breakup.
Groveport cruising: Joe Fluck and Dontell Higgins put a down payment on a team championship for the Groveport boys at the Hamilton Township Kallner track Invitational. Fluck won the shot put with a toss of 47-3 and the discus with a heave of 132-3. Higgins claimed top billing in the 100 (11.08) and 200m (22.53) dashes. The Cruisers easily outdistanced the host Rangers 117-82 to snag the title, winning five first place finishes.
Marquee win: Northland baseball coach Dean Washington netted his 300th career victory against Linden last week. To make it even better, his son earned the win on the mound for the Vikings.
On top of Delaware: Despite having three starters at the Worthington Cup, the Olentangy Liberty boys tennis team had no problem wrapping up the Delaware County championship with 26 points.
The Patriots had three tournament champions – Vic Chhabria, a JV standout who moved up, at third singles, Xander Hathaway at second singles and the first doubles team of Tyler Gibbons and Jon McMahan.
Granville pounding: Call them the bash brothers. Drew Link and Gino Ghiloni each bashed two home runs for Granville in a doubleheader sweep of Licking County rival Johnstown Northridge 20-1 and 9-2. Ghiloni chipped in six hits and Link added four as the Blue Aces improved to 11-3 overall.
Not so fast: Trailing Fairbanks 2-1 in its last at-bat, the North Union baseball team rallied for seven runs to take the victory and the championship of the Marysville tournament.
Mark Campbell gathered two hits, including a home run, in the Wildcat victory.
In a 5-2 win over host Marysville, Steve McKinney hit a home run and single for NU and Klarke Ransome chipped in three singles.
North Union is 10-4 on the season.
Different bats, no problem: Wooden bats didn’t bother the Westfall Mustangs as they won the Rocky Nelson Wood Bat Classic 13-12 against Eastern Brown and 13-9 over Portsmouth West. The Mustangs, now 11-5, collected 28 hits, led by Ben Cline contributing six hits and Zach Wolfe adding four.
Best of Madison: Jonathan Alder rolled to the Madison County baseball championship, routing Madison-Plains 13-2 and London 22-7, both in five innings. Tyler Gray had a home run in both games for Alder, now 10-3, and Tyler Lekoy pitched a complete game against Madison-Plains.
Liberty on the move: Liberty Union took no prisoners on its softball march through the Mid-State League Cardinal Division, increasing its mark to 14-1 overall and 6-0 in league play over the week. The Lady Lions capped off a week which included wins of – 8-2 over Grandview and 12-0 over Harvest Prep – with a dominating 17-0 victory over Licking Heights in five innings.
Jayce Born had three hits for LU, including a grand slam, and six RBIs. Jami Litzke scored three runs and had an RBI and Jessica Putnam added a triple.
In the win over Harvest Prep, Sarah Klopfer and Taylor Jensen combined to pitch a perfect game.
Central huddle: Coaches can submit team news and nominations for player and team of the week to firstname.lastname@example.org for possible inclusion in the weekly area article.
Worthington Kilbourne boys lacrosse at Upper Arlington, today: Two of the top rated programs in the Midwest do better.
Gahanna baseball, softball at Pickerington North, today: Both games will have an impact as to who wins the Ohio Capital Conference Ohio Division in the remaining two weeks of the season.
Granville baseball at Hebron Lakewood, today: The Blue Aces gained momentum over the weekend with a doubleheader sweep, but will need to overcome a resurgent Lakewood squad in a key Mid-State League Ohio Division contest.
Madison-Plains softball at Miami Trace, Thursday: The Lady Eagles will try to keep their perfect South Central Ohio League record intact against Miami Trace.
Dublin Scioto baseball at Olentangy Liberty, Friday: Two of the best teams on the north end of the Columbus metro area will battle for tournament positioning.
Upper Arlington softball at Bishop Ready, Saturday: Division III Ready takes a crack at arguably one of the top two Division I teams in the Central District.