The Delaware Hayes High School baseball team had a five-game winning streak snapped with a 15-3, six-inning loss to visiting Olentangy Orange in an OCC-Capital Division game April 23.
Despite the lopsided loss, the Pacers, who were 9-4 overall and 3-4 in the OCC-Capital Division before the rematch with Orange on April 25, already have achieved a measure of success this season.
"We went (7-18) last year, so we've already surpassed that win total at the halfway point this year," first-year coach Ryan Montgomery said. "You can see our kids' confidence growing in about every game. They've bought in and are excited."
After losing to New Albany 11-1 on April 16, Delaware defeated Big Walnut 9-2 on April 17, Olentangy Liberty 11-3 on April 18, Dublin Scioto 6-3 and 4-0 on April 19 and New Albany 6-2 on April 21.
The games against New Albany and Big Walnut were league contests.
"We've got 13 seniors and, after the loss to New Albany made us 4-3 (overall), we talked to some of them about taking ownership of the team," Montgomery said. "(Seniors) Jake South, Connor Ulmer and Greg Suber sat down with the rest of the team and made them understand what needs to be done.
"That New Albany loss was kind of a turning point, but the win over a very good Liberty program was huge. It was a big hurdle for us to get over."
The Pacers allowed 10 runs in the winning streak. Suber and Braden Schmidt combined to pitch a seven-hitter against Liberty. Colin Reed pitched a three-hitter in the first game of the doubleheader against Scioto and Schmidt scattered seven hits in a complete-game shutout in the second game. Noble Moore scattered eight hits in a complete-game win over New Albany.
Through 12 games, Moore was 2-1 with a 0.91 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 23 innings, Jackson Boger was 1-0 with a 2.00 ERA in 12 innings and Schmidt was 1-0 with one save and a 3.00 ERA in 9 2/3 innings.
Ulmer was the Pacers' leading hitter through 12 games with a .467 average, followed by South (.436), Suber (.378) and Josh Daughenbaugh (.343). Suber had 13 RBI and South had 12, and Ulmer had 13 runs and Daughenbaugh had 11.
Softball team ranked first in coaches poll
The softball team was ranked first in the Division I area coaches poll last week.
Delaware was 11-1 overall and 6-0 in the OCC-Capital before playing Worthington Kilbourne on April 25.
The Pacers defeated Olentangy 11-1 on April 23 and Franklin Heights 11-0 on April 21 in league games. Against Olentangy, Madi Huck pitched a four-hitter and hit a two-run home run.
Boys volleyball team learning how to win
The boys volleyball team was 0-9 overall and 0-8 in the OCC-Capital after losing to Mount Vernon 25-9, 25-14, 25-14 on April 24.
Entering the Wildcat Classic on April 26 at Westerville South, the Pacers had not won a game all season.
"The boys know that losing is not fun, but they are taking it in stride knowing that they are getting better each game," coach Ryan Treese said. "They enjoy their time on the court and they are OK with getting better and trying their hardest, even though that may not result in a win.
"The struggle still is learning to win and not being afraid to make a mistake. They have improved their knowledge of the game and court awareness and they have come together as a team."
Treese lauded the improved play of Kyle Willis, Robbie Craun and Ryan Nethers.
"They understand that the play is not over until the whistle is blown," Treese said. "Kyle is a first-year setter who averages only two setting errors per match, which is pretty good for experienced setters.
"Robbie is one of the best passers in the area. He played libero last year and now is an outside hitter and that's a tough switch and he is handling it well. Ryan is (a) senior and he plays middle (blocker) and outside (hitter). He is not our power hitter, but he has one of the highest hitting percentages on the team."
Boys lacrosse team rebounds from loss
The boys lacrosse team experienced defeat for the first time this season when it lost to Sylvania Southview 12-11 in overtime April 18.
MacGregor Roberts had four goals, Clay Sparks scored three and Judson Huston added two for Delaware, which led 7-5 at halftime.
The Pacers rebounded to beat Pickerington North 16-12 on April 21 to improve to 6-1 overall and 4-0 in the OCC-Central.
Huston had four goals, Roberts and Justin McKee both scored three and Sean Gliebe scored two. Joseph Sanfillipo had five assists and goalkeeper Tyler Groth made four saves.