Baseball and softball teams across the area will try to improve their
resumes this week as tournament draw day happens on Sunday. A baseball
team in Pickaway County got a head start on improving its resume with a
week full of wins, while a Licking County baseball team posted an
impressive comeback to score a nice non-league win.
Baseball and softball teams across the area will try to improve their resumes this week as tournament draw day happens on Sunday. A baseball team in Pickaway County got a head start on improving its resume with a week full of wins, while a Licking County baseball team posted an impressive comeback to score a nice non-league win.
On the softball side, a strong Division II team from Franklin County handed the top-ranked team in Division III Ohio softball a rare loss. And a team from Marion County came south to Dublin Scioto to sweep a doubleheader.
In track, Washington Court House and Pickerington Central were among teams to turn in solid performances on the girls side, while Dublin Coffman and Berne Union grabbed gold on the boys side. Area track teams will look to get in one last week of work before the season really takes off with league meets dotting central Ohio next week.
And there is even some tennis and an upcoming boys volleyball game mixed in.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Circleville baseball: The Tigers rolled off five straight wins to move their record to 13-8 this season and are now tied with depending Mid-State League Buckeye Division champion Canal Winchester for first-place in the league following wins over Bloom-Carroll, Amanda-Clearcreek, Fairfield Union, Chillicothe and Teays Valley. The Circleville pitching staff tossed four complete games over the staff, thanks to Evan Whitten, Cole Sherman, John Klinebriel and Jed Taylor. The biggest win came against Bloom-Carroll as Eddie Strawser tripled to get the CHS offense going in the sixth inning. Strawser scored the tying run and knocked in the winning run in a 3-2 league game. Strawser and Reily Kiser led the Circleville offense over the stretch.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Jasmine Greene, Pickerington Central girls track: Greene helped Pickerington Central to the championship of the six-team Westerville South Invitational with 150 points. Greene swept the hurdles, winning the 100 in 17.46 and the 300 in 47.2. Greene also helped the 400 relay to a second-place finish.
NEWS, NOTES & NUGGETS
WCH girls take gold: The Washington Court House girls track-and-field team captured the seven-team Logan Elm Invitational. The Lions claimed two of four relay races as Jessie Lewis, Anna Frazier, Carly Laswell and Cortney Merritt won the 800 relay in 1:53 and the 400 relay of Kailyn Romine, Laswell, Frazier and Jamisah McCrary posted a time of 52.3.
The Lions won four individual events as Laswell captured the 100 in 13.5, Ashley Lovett posted a 12:35 in the 3200, Logan Rowe grabbed the high jump in five feet and Jessica Guyett won the shot put in 38-06.5 feet.
Rocks on top: The Dublin Coffman boys track-and-field team edged Brookhaven by one point to take the eight-team Westerville South Invitational with 11 points.
The Shamrocks only won two events but depth in collecting points with several second and third-place finishes helped lift Dublin Coffman to the title.
The 1600 relay of E.J. Williams, Grant Onken, Shaun Borland and Carl Ruf won in 3:24.27 and Robbie Daulton took the 1600 in 2:00.47.
Rockets red glare: The Berne Union boys track-and-field team used a strong performance in field events to top the seven-team Bloom-Carroll Invitational with 130 points.
Cullen Ashley won the shot put 46-08 feet and discus 123-09 feet and Luke Tate took the high jump at 5-8 feet to pace the Rockets.
Canal rising: The Canal Winchester softball team swept Sheridan and Division III state top-ranked North Union over the weekend at Ohio State.
Emily Barnhart led the Canal Winchester offense with three singles in an 8-3 win over Sheridan, while Hanna Toler, Morgan White, Alyxis Moore, Sydney Fox and Angela Steube each added two singles.
The Indians beat North Union 9-3, led by McKenzie Bonner with three hits and two RBI and Toler with two singles and an RBI. Lauren Arndt earned the win on the mound as the Indians improved to 13-3.
Big weekend for River Valley: The River Valley softball team scored three runs in the 10th inning to beat Dublin Scioto 4-1 and also came back for a 3-2 victory over North Ridgeville.
Morgan Slob had a two-run triple in 10th inning against Dublin Scioto and then singled in the winning run against North Ridgeville.
Haleigh Stacy led River Valley, now 11-8, with four hits and Courtney Rengert and Emma Weber each had three hits. Ashley Salyer doubled twice.
Big comeback for Granville: The Blue Aces fell behind 12-5 to Bishop Ready in a non-league baseball game but answered with eight runs in the final three innings to claim a 13-12 win. Loudan Klein led Granville with four hits and Pete Clouse added three knocks.
The Blue Aces swept the slate with a 17-7 win over Fisher Catholic in six innings as Klein, Ross Comisford and Caleb Brown all had three hits.
Freddies in charge: Fredericktown continued its impressive baseball season with a 16-2 rout of Northmor in non-league action. The Freddies landed their 14th win led by Ty Fox gathering three hits. Matt Smith tripled and Cole Hoeflich doubled for Fredericktown.
Strong singles for Gahanna: The Gahanna tennis team swept Lancaster 5-0 in a Ohio Capital Conference Ohio Division match, led by singles play. Jesse Shivener claimed a 6-1 and 6-0 win at first singles, Canyon Teague blanked his opponent 6-0 and 6-0 at second singles and Stephen Cheng also pitched a 6-0 and 6-0 shutout at third singles.
Circleville at Canal Winchester baseball, Wednesday at 5:15 p.m.: Both teams enter the week as co-leaders in the Mid-State League Buckeye. Circleville won the first meeting, holding off a late Canal comeback bid.
Jonathan Alder baseball at Marion Harding, Wednesday at 5 p.m.: Harding takes its crack at one of the better below Division I programs in the Central District so far this season.
Olentangy Liberty at Dublin Jerome boys volleyball, Thursday at 7 p.m.: If you want a little break from the sun, volleyball is in full swing across several Columbus-area schools, including this Ohio Capital Conference matchup.
Gahanna at Grove City baseball, Friday at 5 p.m.: A Ohio Capital Conference Ohio Division treat as both teams entered the week with a combined 30 wins. Grove City sports the better of the two records at 16-2.
Fredericktown Invitational track, Friday at 4:30 p.m.: A good selection of smaller schools from north central Ohio will compete as the season heats up with league meets less than a week away.