There seems to be some disagreement among the Grandview Heights High School softball team.

There seems to be some disagreement among the Grandview Heights High School softball team.

After a 1-0 win over Berne Union on April 22 -- their fifth win in six games -- the Bobcats were 7-3, already three more wins than last season. To first-year coach Jim Amato, it was beyond what he had expected.

"I'd love to say that everything is going according to plan," Amato said. "But I think the girls are doing a lot better than we ever could have anticipated."

The players, on the other hand, said they saw this type of season coming.

"I think we expected to be 7-3," outfielder Spencer Jump said. "The losses we have have come against the Division I schools and the harder schools."

"I think there are more expectations this year, higher expectations," shortstop Elise Hooley said.

Regardless of whether the start was a surprise, there's no question Grandview is happy with the way the first half of the season has gone. The Bobcats were 2-12 in the MSL-Cardinal Division last season, but won their first four league games before falling to league favorite Liberty Union 8-2 on April 23. Amato said the team's confidence, along with its level of play, seems to have improved with every win.

"The winning feeling is very nice, and it gets to be contagious," he said.

No game to this point of the season has had more significance than a 5-0 win in 12 innings over West Jefferson on April 17. Not only was it the first career win over West Jefferson for all of the current players, but the drama of an extra-inning game that lasted late into the evening was something players said they won't forget.

"It was awesome," Hooley said. "It's been so long. I've waited four years to beat West Jefferson. It felt really, really good."

"It was so long because we literally could not hit the ball until the 12th inning," Jump said. "Then that one inning we scored five runs."

Amato said the hangover from that win certainly played a part in an 8-0 loss to Madison Plains the next day. Still, he said the win over West Jefferson strengthened the confidence the team already had in pitcher Caiti Fisher. Despite the fact that the Bobcats were struggling at the plate, he said as the game wore on, "you just knew we were going to win" because of how dominant Fisher was in the circle.

Amato said Fisher's ERA was below 1.00 before last Saturday.

"We can always count on her," Jump said. "She's like our clutch player."

At the plate, the Bobcats have been led by Fisher and Jump, who were batting just under .400 before last Saturday.

The team also has gotten a boost from the return of outfielder Emmy Turkal, who missed more than a week with an injury in mid-April, and utility player April Elting, who missed the first half of the season with an injury.

Because of several postponements, the Bobcats have not had many opportunities to practice outdoors. After their current stretch of 10 games in 10 days ends Friday at Liberty Union, the Bobcats have just three games scheduled over the next six days, which could give them some valuable practice time. Amato said as well as the season has gone to this point, he knows the team needs to sharpen up in all facets of the game before the Division III district tournament begins.

"We need to work on everything," Amato said.

"Offense, defense, base-running -- we need to work on it all. We just need the opportunity to work on it. There's only so much you can do indoors. And in the past two weeks, we've had one practice outdoors. We need to get outdoors and work on some defense and some baserunning. That's some-thing you really can't do in the gym."

At a glance

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

TENNIS

*April 21 -- Def. Fisher Catholic 3-0. The doubles matches were stopped because of bad weather and will be finished after the conclusion of the MSL-Cardinal/Ohio tournament May 9.

*April 22 -- Def. West Jefferson 4-0. The second-doubles match was stopped because of bad weather and will be finished after the conclusion of the MSL-Cardinal/Ohio tournament.

*April 23 -- Lost to Bexley 5-0

Last Friday -- Def. Jonathan Alder 5-0

*Last Tuesday -- Played Columbus Academy

Last Wednesday -- Played Teays Valley

*Today -- Home vs. Granville

Monday -- Home vs. London

*Tuesday -- At Whitehall

Wednesday -- At Westerville Central

Of note: The Bobcats were 6-3 overall and 2-1 in the MSL-Cardinal/Ohio before last Tuesday.

*MSL-Cardinal/Ohio match

TRACK & FIELD

Last Friday -- Boys: Finished second (122.5) to Jonathan Alder (137) in home Bobcat Booster Invitational. Winners were Steven Daniel-Hamberg in the discus (128-6), Colin Hall in the 1,600 (4:43.5), Joseph LaMonte in the 3,200 (10:13.1) and the 3,200 relay (8:43); Girls: Finished first (191) ahead of runner-up Jonathan Alder (142). Winners were Taylor VanDeusen in the pole vault (9-6), Paige Lachey in the 100 hurdles (16.76) and 300 hurdles (48.67), Hannah Stefanoff in the 1,600 (5:34.95) and 3,200 (11:45.97), Hilary Ells in the 400 (1:05.54), Elise Clemens in the 800 (2:37.26), the 3,200 relay (10:49), the 800 relay (1:55.07) and the 1,600 relay (4:18.5). VanDeusen and Lachey tied for first in the high jump (4-10).

Last Tuesday -- Competed against Ready and Circleville

Friday -- At Hamilton Township Invitational

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Grandview Heights baseball and softball teams:

BASEBALL

*April 21 -- Lost to Fisher Catholic 3-2

*April 22 -- Defeated Berne Union 7-0. Bryan Riggs pitched a complete game.

*April 23 -- Def. Liberty Union 9-5

*Last Friday -- Def. Harvest Prep 7-1. Conrad Knapp pitched a two-hitter.

Last Saturday -- Def. Walnut Ridge 16-5; def. Walnut Ridge 13-0

*Last Monday -- Lost to Licking Heights 7-6. The Hornets scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh.

*Last Wednesday -- Played Fisher Catholic

*Friday -- At Liberty Union

Saturday -- Home vs. Shekinah Christian and Madison Plains

*Monday -- Home vs. West Jefferson

Tuesday -- Home vs. London

*Wednesday -- At Millersport

Of note: The Bobcats were 14-6 overall and 6-3 in the MSL-Cardinal before last Wednesday.

SOFTBALL

*April 21 -- Game vs. Berne Union postponed

*April 22 -- Def. Berne Union 1-0. Caiti Fisher pitched a three-hitter.

*April 23 -- Lost to Liberty Union 8-2

*Last Friday -- Def. Harvest Prep 20-0. Emma Liberatore pitched a one-hitter.

Last Saturday -- Def. Grove City Christian 16-3; def. Grove City Christian 17-2

*Last Monday -- Def. Licking Heights 13-2

*Last Tuesday -- Played Millers-port

*Last Wednesday -- Played Fisher Catholic

Today -- Home vs. Hamilton Township

*Friday -- At Liberty Union

*Monday -- Home vs. West Jefferson

*Wednesday -- At Millersport

May 7 -- At Tree of Life

Of note: The Bobcats were 11-4 overall and 7-1 in the MSL-Cardinal before last Wednesday.

*MSL-Cardinal game