Dublin Coffman High School baseball coach Tim Saunders was hoping a shake-up in the lineup would help his team break out of a season-long slump.

Dublin Coffman High School baseball coach Tim Saunders was hoping a shake-up in the lineup would help his team break out of a season-long slump.

Saunders believes the move was effective as the Shamrocks showed signs of a turnaround last week.

After losing to Marysville 11-0 in five innings at home April 15, Coffman won at Marysville 10-3 on April 18.

In between, the Shamrocks played well, according to Saunders, in a 2-1 home loss to Thomas Worthington on April 17.

The changes in the lineup included replacing several seniors with underclassmen -- moves that Saunders hoped would provide a spark.

"I've been talking about this for a while, if they can't pick up the pace -- we're just average players -- so I put in a whole new lineup and the second-teamers came out and looked like a first team," said Saunders, whose team was hitting .263 through 12 games. "They were catching and throwing, making plays. We bunted well and executed everything we were trying to do."

The seniors who remained in the lineup were Zac Fouche (CF) and Jacob Gilbert, who moved from catcher to right field with junior Robbie Numbers moving behind the plate.

Sophomore C.J. Saunders, the coach's son who has been playing third base, moved to shortstop and junior Doug Isaly took over at third. Junior Carter Leffler moved into the lineup at second base.

"We replaced a lot of our seniors with juniors and backups," Fouche said. "It worked out well. Our chemistry was really good. We had a lot of effort out there and that's all we're really looking for. The effort is how you win games."

Junior Chris Machulski, who moved into the staring lineup and has played first base and designated hitter, homered in the bottom of the seventh against Thomas.

Through 12 games, Fouche was hitting .385, followed by senior outfielder Dominic Tiberi (.370) and Gilbert (.357).

Tiberi led the team with nine RBI, followed by Gilbert's seven.

Coffman is dealing with the loss of its top pitcher, Jason Hall, who is expected to miss the remainder of the season with a nerve issue in his right throwing elbow.

Saunders said senior Andrew Dugal and sophomore Joey Murray are attempting to fill the void.

Through 12 games, Murray was 3-1 with a 4.40 ERA, 20 strikeouts and 13 walks in 20 2/3 innings. He was the winning pitcher against Marysville, allowing seven hits, striking out seven and walking three in six innings.

"We're seeing some positive things," Saunders said. "If you execute even though the other team knows it's coming ... then you're going to score runs and you're going to make things happen."

The Dublin Classic was postponed because of bad weather April 20 and rescheduled for May 4 at Coffman.

Jerome sweepsDarby series

Jerome swept its OCC-Cardinal Division series from Hilliard Darby last week.

The Celtics defeated Darby 5-1 on April 15, lost a league game to Westerville North 11-3 on April 17 and bounced back to defeat Darby 7-2 on April 18.

Through 12 games, Tom Coon (3B/P) was hitting .390, followed by Jason Johnson (1B/P) at .361 and Adam Klusacek (OF) at .300.

Masashi Sakamoto (OF/P) was 3-3 with a 3.54 ERA, 23 strikeouts and two walks in 27 2/3 innings. Johnson was 2-1 with a 2.07 ERA, 24 strikeouts and two walks in 27 innings.

"The team is very resilient and once we clean up a few things should be focused to make a strong run into the ... district tournament," coach Chris Huesman said.

Scioto avenges lossto Westerville North

Scioto avenged a 7-3 loss to Westerville North on April 15 by defeating the Warriors 10-4 on April 18 at home.

The Irish allowed six unearned runs in the loss and just one in the rematch.

"We're getting better each time out," coach Ken Carpenter said. "Our bats are getting better and we have some guys stepping up pitching for us."