A desire to spend more time with her daughter led Bridget Ebenhack to resign after six seasons as Bexley High School softball coach.

A desire to spend more time with her daughter led Bridget Ebenhack to resign after six seasons as Bexley High School softball coach.

"I didn't to see her enough," Ebenhack said of her 15-month-old daughter, Mary. "During the preseason, I was at the softball diamond for three hours a day but once April kicked in, I was gone from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Obviously, it's pretty difficult to spend any quality time with her."

Ebenhack is the second spring coach to resign. Interim baseball coach Harley Williams announced he was not coming back next year.

The Lions finished 3-19 overall and 1-11 in the MSL-Ohio Division to place seventh behind champion Lakewood, which finished 11-1 and went on to capture its second-consecutive Division III state championship.

The Lions beat Eastmoor 5-4 in the first round of the Division II district tournament before losing to host Granville 10-0 in the second round May 14.

Their other wins were over Whitehall 9-3 in league play May 14 and over Briggs 3-1 on April 26.

In 2005, Ebenhack's second season, Bexley reached a district championship after knocking off top-seeded Canal Winchester 3-2 in a district semifinal. The Lions lost to Buckeye Valley 4-1 in the final.

"That year we had a great pitcher (Ellen Braverman) and a great catcher (Anna Ladina) and a very competitive group of players," Ebenhack said. "They competed with themselves and that made us a better team."

However, the Lions were just 5-40 in the last two years.

Bexley lost four players to graduation in pitcher Molly Morgan, second baseman Rachel Hart, shortstop Lauren Farley and outfielder Jenna Branham.

Morgan struck out 125 batters. Fraley batted .290 against MSL-Ohio competition.

Juniors Lily Watson (catcher) and Maggie Manfredi (first base) and sophomores Tori Delap (center field) and Chelsea Jordan (outfielder/second base) are all key players expected to be return.

Delap batted .300 against MSL-Ohio competition.

"It was a tough decision to leave this team," Ebenhack said. "I've coached a lot of these girls since they were in eighth grade. They were like family.

"Bexley needs to find someone who has the energy to commit to the summer program. We had 24 players who played middle school softball this year, and we could only find eight or nine players to play softball in the summer."