The Delaware Hayes High School baseball team was 7-4 entering play last Monday.

The Delaware Hayes High School baseball team was 7-4 entering play last Monday.

That record was not bad, but it was the team's play which forced seniors to call for a players-only meeting after the first two games of last week were postponed because of bad weather.

"It was great to see," coach Mike Yinger said. "It's nice to see guys understand what is expected of them. They don't want to be the ones who let their guards down and disappoint the players on previous teams who helped build this program back up They want to continue the tradition."

The meeting came after the Pacers had won two of their previous three. They rallied for five runs against LaGrange Keystone in the bottom of the seventh inning to force extra innings April 17 in a game they won 12-11 in nine innings. They split an OCC-Capital Division doubleheader the next day, beating Franklin Heights 5-2 and losing to Big Walnut 6-2.

"It's not so much the record, it's the way we've been playing that bothered them," Yinger said. "Rallying against (Keystone) was a great boost, but it still felt like a loss in terms of our overall play."

Delaware responded after the meeting by beating Franklin Heights 11-1 in five innings last Wednesday as Jacob Shaw was 3-for-3 with two doubles and two RBI, Kody Akers and Kees Burns were 2-for-2 and Caleb Wilburn and Jacob Bosiokovic were 2-for-3. Wilburn had a double. Ben Steele had a two-run single.

Joe Weirtz went the distance on the mound.

"I think we're starting to turn the corner," Yinger said. "But it has been difficult for us. We've got so many new pitchers that have to get innings in and experience pitching in big games. Instead, we get on guy some innings and then the weather shuts us down again. It wouldn't be as much of a problem if we have veteran pitchers, but we just haven't been able to get the innings in. It's like we've stopped and started our season four times. There's been no flow to the season.

"Another thing which has been troubling at times is that we have some guys playing not to fail instead of playing to win. For instance, I'm preaching to them to hit the ball on the ground hard somewhere. So we've got guys up at the plate telling themselves not to pop out. That's taking away their aggressiveness. It's like playing not to lose instead of playing to win."

•The softball team may have begun to turn the corner as well.

After struggling at the plate in their first five games, the Pacers started to produce in the next three as they totaled 35 hits. But those three games were spread over a six-day period and were followed by five days off.

The other problem is that two of those three games resulted in losses. Delaware had 10 hits in an 8-5 loss to Dublin Scioto in the second game of a doubleheader April 11. The Pacers had 18 hits in a 10-5 victory over New Albany on April 16 and then had seven hits the next day in a 6-2 loss to Big Walnut.

"Early in the season, we had trouble hitting and getting on base," coach Mark Thomas said. "That's a problem because our offense is driven by our speed and aggressive baserunning, as well as the hit-and-runs and bunt-and-runs. You can't do those things without reaching base first.

"Then we start hitting the ball extremely well and we have to go back to the gym for practice because of all the rainouts. But I do think the bats have come around. Now we need to get the defense working better. We're probably averaging four of five errors a game and you can't do that and win games in the OCC."

Thomas said Abby Steele and Cassy Bowman are hitting around .380. Bowman leads the team with a .650 on-base percentage. He also noted that the turnaround has been aided by Cindy Bowman coming out of her slump and Amber Arthur becoming more comfortable.

"Arthur has really stepped up lately and is not playing like a freshman," Thomas said. "She got rid of her jitters and seems much more comfortable now."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Delaware Hayes baseball and softball teams:

BASEBALL

April 17 -- Defeated LaGrange Keystone 12-11 (9 innings)

*April 18 -- Def. Franklin Heights 5-2; lost to Big Walnut 6-2

Last Tuesday -- Game against Northland postponed. Northland had rescheduled league game. No makeup date has been announced.

*Last Wednesday -- Def. Franklin Heights 11-1

*Last Thursday -- Def. Olentangy Orange 11-10 in eight innings

*Last Friday -- Played Mount Vernon

Last Saturday -- Played Buckeye Valley and Westerville Central in Fritz Daniel Classic

*Monday -- At Watkins Memorial

*Wednesday -- Home vs. Big Walnut

Saturday -- At Centennial (doubleheader)

Of note: The Pacers were 9-4 overall and 4-3 in the OCC-Capital before last Friday.

SOFTBALL

*April 17 -- Lost to Big Walnut 6-2

Last Thursday -- Lost to Mount Gilead 7-3

*Last Friday -- Played Mount Vernon

*Monday -- At Watkins Memorial

*Tuesday -- At Orange

*Wednesday -- Home vs. Big Walnut

*Thursday -- Home vs. Franklin Heights

Of note: The Pacers were 2-7 overall and 1-3 in the OCC-Capital before last Friday.

*OCC-Capital contest

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Delaware Hayes boys tennis, boys and girls track & field and boys volleyball teams:

BOYS TENNIS

*April 16 -- Lost to Mount Vernon 3-2

April 17 -- Def. Marion Harding 3-2

Last Monday -- Match vs. Buckeye Valley canceled

*Last Wednesday -- Match against Westerville South canceled. The Pacers made to move to get in a league match against Big Walnut postponed from the day before, but it was postponed again, this time to May 6.

Last Saturday -- Competed in Delaware County tournament

Monday -- At Westerville Central

*Tuesday -- Home vs. New Albany

Thursday -- At Westerville North

*Friday -- Home vs. Watkins Memorial

Of note: The Pacers are 3-1 overall and 1-1 in the OCC-Capital.

TRACK

April 18 -- Competed in eight-team North Union Relays. No no team scores were kept.The boys team won nine of 14 events, including high jump (17-0), long jump (56-8 1/2), pole vault (34-6), hurdle medley (53.23), sprint medley (1:38.71), distance medley (7:01), 400 relay (44.59), 800 relay (1:38.59) and 1,600 relay (3:36.37). The girls team won the shot put (96-4) and 1,600 relay (4:32.65).

*Last Tuesday -- Boys: Lost to Watkins Memorial 85.5-50.5; Girls: Lost to Watkins Memorial 119-25

Last Friday -- Competed in Westerville South Invitational

*Tuesday -- At Big Walnut

Friday -- At Gahanna Relays

*OCC-Capital contest

BOYS VOLLEYBALL

April 17-18 -- Finished second in silver division of Wolf Open at Worthington Kilbourne. Delaware lost to Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit 25-11, 25-12, 25-16 after beating Westerville Central 26-24, 25-20, 25-8 and Dublin Jerome 25-11, 25-18, 25-14

Last Monday -- Def. Gahanna Christian 25-17, 25-13, 25-17; def. Whetstone 25-13, 25-17, 25-15

*Last Tuesday -- Def. Pickerington Central 25-19, 25-18, 25-23. Jon Hunt and Nick Kaser had seven kills, Josh Hunt had six solo blocks and two aces, Justin Kerby had five solo blocks and two aces, Jamey Hackett had 12 digs and Chris Hemans had 15 assists.

*Last Thursday -- Lost to Pickerington North 25-9, 25-12, 25-19

Last Saturday -- Competed at Monroe Lemon-Monroe

*Tuesday -- At Mount Vernon

Saturday -- At Toledo Central Catholic

Of note: The Pacers were 5-5 overall before last Saturday and are 1-3 in the OCC-Ohio.

*OCC-Ohio match