Central Ohio Huddle: Grove City and DeSales tangle in early season softball tilt


Central Ohio Huddle

While several central Ohio teams went south for spring break, it wasn’t
needed. Warm weather allowed a large buffet-style selection of baseball,
softball, tennis and track and field events for spring sport fans.

While several central Ohio teams went south for spring break, it wasn’t needed. Warm weather allowed a large buffet-style selection of baseball, softball, tennis and track and field events for spring sport fans. The Heath girls and Teays Valley boys track teams each won some early season hardware last weekend. Fairfield Union is off to an impressive early season start on the baseball diamond, Pickerington Central knocked off a Fairfield County rival, and a Pickaway County softball team is off to a perfect start, while a new thrower has emerged in the pitching circle for the Granville softball team.

There is another wide selection of events this week, detailed in upcoming games. Watch for a good tripleheader at Jonathan Alder for baseball this weekend, tennis at the Whetstone tournament and a large-school track meet at Pickerington North.


Courtney Moyer, Granville, softball: Moyer has stepped into the pitching circle with much early success for Granville this season. The Blue Aces improved to 5-0 and 2-0 in the Mid-State League Ohio Division with a 2-0 shutout of rival Licking Valley. Moyer allowed just two hits and struck out five Licking Valley batters.


Fairfield Union baseball: The Falcons are off to a 4-0 start and are 2-0 in the Mid-State League Buckeye Division. The biggest win for Fairfield Union came on Monday with a 3-1 decision over host and league rival Circleville. Brad Levin allowed one hit, no walks and fanned five batters. Tyler Turner had a solo home run for the Falcons.


Good start for Heath: The Heath girls track team won four events to capture the Newark Invitational with 125 points. Elizabeth Clippinger won shot put with a throw of 37-3.25 feet, Katie White took the discus with a heave of 101-1, Emily McCall prevailed in the 3200m run in 12:45.77 and the 4x200m relay team of Jenn Koski, Sutton Black, Lydia Mattern and Sam Jones turned in a winning time of 1:54.04.

New record for Koah as Vikings win event:
Teays Valley senior Dominic Koah vaulted 15-6 in the pole vault to set a new school record and help the Vikings to a championship at the London Red Raiders Relays. The Vikings won the 4x1600m relay (Tyler and Taylor Conn, Brenden Niezgoda and Jacob Richards), shuttle hurdle relays (Zane Grabans, Cory Campbell, Buddy Hill and Koah), distance medley relay (Tyler Conn, Niezgoda, Grabans and Taylor Conn), middle medley relay (Luke Kuhner, Derrick Taylor, Niezgoda and Tyler Conn) and the pole vault with Koah and Chris Hemming.

Tigers have busy start:
The Circleville softball team has rolled off five wins in the opening week of the season, including a 6-0 win over Fairfield Union in a Mid-State League Buckeye Division game. Circleville was led by Stevi Gualtieri with a two-run homer. Courtney Porter and Lindsey Webb each had a single and RBI. Mackenna Jennings allowed three hits, no walks and struck out eight batters to earn her fourth win this season.

Pleasant stays undefeated:
The Marion Pleasant baseball team improved to 4-0 and 3-0 in Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference play with a 10-0 verdict over Buckeye Valley. Corey Kubbs drove in three runs for Pleasant and Drew Agler added three more RBI.

Homer time for Miami Trace:
Cody Snyder blasted a grand slam and Billy Gilspie added a two-run homer to lead the Miami Trace baseball team past Clinton-Massie 7-1 in a South Central Ohio League game.

Big inning for Pickerington Central:
The Tiger baseball team scored five runs in the fifth inning to defeat Lancaster 7-1 in a Ohio Capital Conference Ohio Division game. Isac Franklin scored a run during the fifth inning and had three hits for the Tigers. Nic Rush checked Lancaster to four hits, walked one and fanned four batters to pick up the win. Central, which stole six bases, improved to 4-1 overall.

Newark has successful opener:
The Newark tennis team blanked Canal Winchester 5-0 to pick up its first win of the season, led by wins by Alex Brest, Corey Nabors and Brad Becktell in singles action and Alex Vanatta and Andy Lovrack earning a first doubles win and Joe Colvy and Geoff Rank winning at second doubles.


Circleville at Teays Valley softball, today at 5:15 p.m.: An important early season Mid-State League Buckeye Division game matching two Pickaway County rivals. Circleville is off to a hot start with its offense. Teays Valley pitcher Alex Taylor has earned three early victories and is backed up by a good defensive team.

Grove City at DeSales softball, today at 5:15 p.m.:
Grove City, a district runner-up a season ago, is off to a 6-2 start and travels to DeSales for what should be a good non-league softball team.

Whetstone tennis tournament, Saturday at 9 a.m.:
A wide selection of central Ohio tennis teams will hit the court for the annual event.

Pickerington North Stingel Invitational track, Saturday at 10 a.m.:
Usually a good early season event featuring teams from the major leagues from central Ohio.

Heath, Bellefontaine at Jonathan Alder tripleheader baseball, Saturday at 10 a.m.:
Jonathan Alder is off to a 5-0 start but will put its mark on the line against tough tests from Heath and Bellefontaine.

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