Central Ohio Huddle: Teays Valley softball handles weighted schedule unscathed


Central Ohio Huddle

With a warm week of weather to reach the halfway point of regular-season
activity in baseball and softball, the home run ball was definitely in
the air as home runs were flying for Liberty Union and Bloom-Carroll in
baseball and Teays Valley and Westfall in softball.

With a warm week of weather to reach the halfway point of regular-season activity in baseball and softball, the home run ball was definitely in the air as home runs were flying for Liberty Union and Bloom-Carroll in baseball and Teays Valley and Westfall in softball.

A Pickaway County school took team of the week honors for an undefeated week against a number of district title contenders on the softball diamond.

In track, a Jonathan Alder athlete won three events to help the Pioneers to a team title at the Licking Heights Invitational. The Big Walnut boys and Bexley girls also collected some hardware over the past week.

And even though it is the offseason, football still made news in one northern central Ohio community with a head coach now in place for their regional runner-up team from a season ago.


Teays Valley softball: The Vikings rolled off a perfect 7-0 record last week against a schedule loaded with quality teams, including Upper Arlington, Canal Winchester, DeSales, Granville, Logan Elm and Bloom-Carroll. Teays Valley capped the week with a tripleheader against DeSales and Granville. Cammi Prantl hit her fifth home run of the season to break a school single-season record to lead the Vikings past DeSales 3-0. Alex Taylor earned her 11th win of the season with six scoreless innings including six strikeouts. In a 6-2 win over Granville, Prantl had three hits and Keelia Nester chipped in a pair of knocks. Jordan Rasmussen had a key two-run double to break a 2-2 tie in the fifth inning. Teays Valley is now 13-3.


Brittany Kitsos, Jonathan Alder girls track: Kitsos won three titles at the Licking Heights Invitational to help Jonathan Alder to the title with 141 points in the seven-team field. Kitsos won the high jump in 15-06.50 feet, the 100 in 13.85 and the 200 in 28.98.


Baum ready to take over Freddies: The Fredericktown Board of Education found its new head football coach last week as Brian Baum was hired to take over the vacant position left when Luke Beal accepted the head coaching job at Brunswick. Baum comes to Fredericktown after spending nearly a decade at Mansfield Madison, where he spent the past four seasons as defensive coordinator. Baum inherit’s a team that went 12-1 last season and advanced to a Division V regional championship game.

Big Walnut on top in Ashville:
The Big Walnut boys track-and-field team collected 143 points to take the eight-team Ashville Kiwanis Invitational held at Teays Valley. The Eagles were strong in the lower relays and running events. The 400 relay of Cody Leitner, Jason Whitner, Jordan Whitner and Bret Myers won in 45.2 and the 800 relay followed suit with Lucas Garcia, Gabe Kitchen, Joey Johnson and Brandyn Weight in 1:36.2.

Jordan Whitner won the 100 in 10.8, Myers took the 200 in 22.3 and Nolan Leber won the 800 in 2:00.6. Luke Atkeson claimed the 110 hurdles in 14.6 and Peter Isbell was first in the discus at 123-08 feet.

Bexley takes girls title at Ashville:
The Bexley track-and-field team edged Logan Elm 137-134 to claim the eight-team Ashville Kiwanis Invitational. The Lions won three of the relay events as Elisa Mathews, Ashley Efaw, Beverly Ochieng and Altheria Siler took the 400 in 53.9; Mathews, Efaw, Siler and Charlotte Myers teamed to take the 800 in 1:52.1 and the 1600 team of Mathews, Mackenzie Bolon, Kendra Wilson and Myers combined for a first-place time of 4:14.5 to lead the way.

Bloom-Carroll sweeps doubleheader:
The Bloom-Carroll baseball team improved to 12-3 with a 6-3 win over Delaware and a 15-4 rout of Fairport. Against Delaware, Sam Peirano was 3-for-5 with a double. Brad Prezebieda went 2-for-3 and Cody Spires knocked in two runs.

The Bulldogs had Zach Brown hit a two-run homer in the first inning and Josh Gabbard add a solo home run later in the win over Fairport.

Heath gets past Granville:
The Heath baseball team used a two-run from double from Chase Gellar to open up a 6-3 lead en route to a 7-4 decision over Licking County rival Granville. Geller had three RBI for the Bulldogs and teammate Adam Jenkins added two his and two RBI as Heath improved to 8-3 overall and 4-1 in the Mid-State League Ohio Division.

Lion power:
Marcus Makuch smacked three home runs and drove in eight runs as Liberty Union improved to 5-1 inside the Mid-State League Cardinal Division with a 14-2 rout of Licking Heights.

Pleasant weekend:
The Marion Pleasant softball team swept a doubleheader from Centerburg, led by shutouts tossed by Julia Burton and Kendall Lust. Burton allowed one hit in a 10-0 win and Lust surrendered two hits in a 5-0 win. Hannah Shaffer led the Spartans on offense with five hits over the two games. Lust helped her own cause with three singles and a double as Pleasant moved to 9-5 on the season.

Home run time for Redman:
Westfall’s Kara Redman hit two home runs and tallied six hits as the Mustangs swept Eastern Pike 13-2 and 12-8 in a non-league softball doubleheader. The Mustangs moved to 6-4 on the season.


Teays Valley softball at Circleville, Friday at 5:15 p.m.: Second round play in the Mid-State League Buckeye Division begins this week and the Vikings only loss in the first round came by way of a 5-2 loss to Pickaway County rival Circleville early in the season when the Tigers scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning to break a 2-2 tie.

Lancaster Fulton Relays track, Friday at 5 p.m.:
A collection of large schools from the Central District will travel down to Fairfield County to compete in a relay-style event.

Bloom-Carroll baseball at Canal Winchester, Monday at 5:15 p.m.:
U.S. 33 archrivals collide as the two teams have combined for a record of 23-4 to open the season. Canal Winchester currently leads the league.

Thomas Worthington at Dublin Coffman baseball, Monday at 5 p.m.:
A Ohio Capital Conference Central Division rivalry contest.

Gahanna at Pickerington Central baseball, Monday at 5 p.m.:
The Lions recently split a doubleheader against Marysville and will travel for a Ohio Capital Conference Ohio Division clash against a good Pickerington Central team.

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