Since losing three of its first four games, the Canal Winchester High School softball team won its next seven and looks to continue its hot streak Friday and Saturday in the Stellar Classic at Ohio State.

Since losing three of its first four games, the Canal Winchester High School softball team won its next seven and looks to continue its hot streak Friday and Saturday in the Stellar Classic at Ohio State.

It will be the Indians' fourth year in the event and they are hoping to replicate last year's performance when they defeated Granville 4-1, Central Crossing 5-1 and Madison Plains 9-1.

"I think the girls really like going up there," coach Randy Hinton said. "It's an opportunity to get some good teams together. Between playing and watching other teams play, the nice facilities, the well-groomed infields, the outfield grass, it's just a nice place to play some games."

Canal Winchester will start the event Friday against Greenville, which won the Division II state title last year and has moved up to Division I this season. The Green Wave return a lot of players from last year's team and were undefeated as of last Monday.

Canal Winchester will play two games Saturday, facing Cincinnati Milford first. Milford opened 8-5 and is led by a trio of pitchers with ERAs of less than 1.00.

The Indians then will play Pickerington North, which struggled early and was just 3-6 through nine games. But the Panthers are a Division I team and still should provide some good competition.

The Indians have been able to turn things around without a drastic change in the lineup or on the field. Instead of having Kris Landenburg throw a majority of the innings, she now splits time with Emily Hall, which allows Hinton more flexibility later in games. The Indians also have seen an offensive surge, getting more clutch hits. At one point during the seven-game winning streak they scored 29 runs in a three-game stretch.

"The girls finally got over their rough start and now they're looking forward to (the Stellar Classic)," Hinton said. "They have some high goals for themselves and they want to go out and prove themselves.

"We still need to shore up our defense. I'd like to see our errors go down. Fortunately, that hasn't cost us any major problems yet."

ēThe boys and girls track and field teams will compete in their first full Division I meet Saturday when they travel to the Piqua Invitational.

But the Indians won't be taking their full teams as the freshmen and sophomores likely won't participate because they're competing in the Gene Cole Invitational at Lancaster on Friday.

The Piqua Invitational will be the toughest meet the Indians will participate in before the postseason.

"As I look at last year's field, there's a lot of big Division I schools that are always strong," coach Bruce Olson said. "We're going to be competing against teams that have a lot of good performers. So where our athletes might have placed fifth or sixth in the meets we've been in, they're going to have to do better to place at the Piqua Invitational."

Without the underclassmen, Canal Winchester likely will cut down the number of relays it participates in so the athletes who do compete can focus on their individual events.

The top athletes expected to finish high for the Indians will be Cory Irwin and Tim Williard in the distance events and Tyler Norman in the pole vault for the boys team. The girls team will be led by Jasmine Sullivan in the sprint events, Emily Pifer in the distance events and Whitney McDonald in the long jump.

"We've had a great season, practice and performance-wise, so far. I'm not a perfectionist, but I want us to keep striving to get better," Olson said. "I would like to see us be a bit crisper and maybe a little more intense. I want to see us try to do everything perfectly in practice so hopefully it would carry over into a meet. I don't have any complaints about where we are, I just think we can be better."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Canal Winchester baseball and softball teams:

BASEBALL

*April 15 -- Lost to Circleville 5-2

*April 16 -- Lost to Logan Elm 8-7

*Last Friday -- Played Bloom-Carroll 2-0

*Last Monday -- Defeated Amanda-Clearcreek 4-1. The Indians scored twice in the first and second innings.

*Last Wednesday -- Played Teays Valley

*Friday -- Home vs. Fairfield Union

Saturday -- At Thomas Worthington in doubleheader with Thomas Worthington and Westerville North

*Monday -- At Circleville

*Wednesday -- Home vs. Hamilton Township

Of note: The Indians were 8-5 overall and 4-3 in the MSL-Buckeye before last Wednesday.

SOFTBALL

*April 16 -- Def. Logan Elm 12-2

*April 17 -- Def. Bloom-Carroll 4-3

Last Friday -- Def. Hartley 5-1

*Last Monday -- Def. Amanda-Clearcreek 2-0

*Last Wednesday -- Played Teays Valley

*Today -- At Fairfield Union

Friday-Saturday -- At Stellar Classic at Beekman Park. Canal Winchester will play Greenville on Friday and Cincinnati Milford and Pickerington North on Saturday.

*Monday -- At Circleville

Of note: The Indians were 9-3 overall and 5-1 in the MSL-Buckeye before last Wednesday.

*MSL-Buckeye game

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Canal Winchester boys tennis and boys and girls track and field teams:

TENNIS

April 15 -- Lost to Independence 3-2.

*April 17 -- Lost to Teays Valley 4-1

Last Monday -- Tied Franklin Heights at 2

Last Tuesday -- Played Westerville Central

Today -- At Independence

Monday -- At Watkins Memorial

Wednesday -- At Fisher Catholic

Of note: The Indians were 0-6-1 overall before before last Tuesday and are 0-2 in the MSL-Buckeye.

TRACK & FIELD

Last Saturday -- Boys: Finished ninth (43.5) behind champion Watkins Memorial in Hank Smith Invitational at Heath. Cory Irwin won the 1,600 (4:33). Girls: Finished fourth (72) behind champion Watkins Memorial (106) in Hank Smith Invitational. Winners were Whitney McDonald in the long jump (16-6 1/2), Jasmine Sullivan in the 100 (13.1) and 200 (27.5) and Emily Pifer in the 3,200 (11:48.2).

Last Tuesday -- Faced Granville and Watterson

Saturday -- At Piqua Invitational

Tuesday -- Home vs. Bexley and Logan

*MSL-Buckeye contest