Last season ended with Bexley (Hartley) Post 430A winning just one of its final five games.

Last season ended with Bexley (Hartley) Post 430A winning just one of its final five games.

Post 430A mixed and matched lineups all summer and simply couldn't get enough continuity to pick up wins against the larger programs in District 12. Early this season, it looked to be more of the same, as Post 430A lost its first four games.

First-year coach Mark Heinmiller, who took over for Steve Daley after coaching Post 430B last summer, admitted he wasn't sure quite what to expect after the rocky start.

"In the beginning there, I was beginning to wonder, to be honest with you," Heinmiller said.

Any doubts that his team wouldn't be competitive this season were quickly put to rest as Post 430A put together six consecutive wins over the next week. With a veteran pitching staff showing consistency all season, Post 430A's recent surge at the plate has gotten things back on track.

"At the beginning of the season, when we started 0-4, we weren't really hitting," Hartley senior Ben Currie said. "But the bats have come alive (in the win streak), and it's been showing."

"Those first four games, I think we were just trying to find our niche," Heinmiller said. "We had a few kids on vacation. We're starting to jell here now."

Post 430A finished 9-19 overall last season and went 5-10 in District 12 games before losing its first two games in the double-elimination district tournament.

Before playing Grove City Post 164A last Monday and Gahanna Post 797 last Wednesday, Post 430A was 6-5 overall and 5-5 in District 12.

Heinmiller said the key this season will be getting a sizeable group of veterans with experience last season to mix with several juniors, most of whom are moving up from Post 430B.

Catcher Tim Heinmiller is the team's only graduate, and he is splitting time in the starting lineup with cousin Alex Heinmiller, a junior. Tim Heinmiller was first-team all-district as a senior and will play at Ohio Wesleyan.

"I think it helps make everybody else better (having Heinmiller)," Currie said. "Because he's got so much experience and he's such a talented player, it kind of rubs off on everyone else. He kind of shows us how to play ball the way it's supposed to be played."

Currie is expected to be one of the leaders among the seven seniors. Coach Heinmiller said he expects Currie to play nearly every position, including pitcher. Along with Currie, the top pitchers are expected to be seniors Tim Eichhorn, Justin Momeyer, Tim Schmitz and Jordan Lafferty and juniors Alex Lowe and Nick Owens. Momeyer was second-team all-district last spring.

Eichhorn leads the outfielders and starts most games in center field when not on the mound. Currie, senior Jacob Gilmore and juniors Eric Heinmiller and Alex Heinmiller also have been playing in the outfield.

Junior shortstop Austin Underwood has been "the cornerstone" of the infield, according to coach Heinmiller. Junior Connor Callahan has seen most of the action at second base, and Lafferty has started at third base. Momeyer, senior Andy Losinski and junior Nick Owens have all seen action at first base. Also seeing playing time in the infield will be Lowe and junior Jack Imwalle.

At a glance

•Coach: Mark Heinmiller, first season

•Key players: Ben Currie, Tim Eichhorn, Tim Heinmiller, Justin Momeyer, Tim Schmitz and Austin Underwood

•Next game: Today at Upper Arlington Post 443