Grandview Heights Roundup
Softball team wins first game
The Grandview Heights High School softball team finally was able to play a game April 5.
The Bobcats had two games moved because of spring break before playing their MSL-Cardinal Division opener at home against Fisher Catholic.
After losing a four-run lead, Grandview rallied for three runs in the sixth inning to defeat the Irish 9-7 in the first game under coach Ron Cameron.
"It's exciting because it's our first game," said Cameron, whose team also lost to Licking Heights 13-1 in five innings April 8 to fall to 1-1 overall and in the league. "We have been practicing a lot and the girls were really looking forward to it."
The Bobcats were scheduled to play home games against Ready on April 2 and Centerburg on April 4, but the contests were postponed.
Grandview led Fisher Catholic 4-2 after one inning and 6-2 after four. But the Irish tied the game with a four-run fifth before the Bobcats scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth.
"I think when (Fisher Catholic) tied the game, we knew we could come back," said freshman second baseman Sophia Hallam, who had two singles. "We wanted to go out and exceed our potential. We wanted to win."
Freshman pitcher Andi Abbruzzese went the distance for the victory, giving up three hits and no earned runs with three strikeouts.
"We have a young team with some pretty inexperienced players," Cameron said. "We were missing a few players because it's spring break, so a lot of girls were playing out of position."
Abbruzzese also had two singles and scored three runs. Aileen Evans doubled, singled and scored twice, and Morgan Taylor had two singles and scored twice.
"We made some errors, but we did a decent job of hitting," Cameron said. "There were a lot of positives, but there are still some things we need to work on.
"We need to build some mental toughness. We're starting to build some confidence in ourselves."
The Bobcats played a league game against Berne Union on April 10 before playing host to league-rival West Jefferson on Thursday, April 11, in a game moved up from Wednesday, April 17.
They play Millersport in a league game Friday, April 12, before playing their first non-league contests Saturday, April 13, at home against Hamilton Township and Whetstone.
"We have been practicing a lot and this win really helps our confidence," Hallam said of the Fisher Catholic game. "It's a great way to start the season."
Baseball team needs to be 'calmer'
The baseball team was 0-5 overall and 0-2 in the MSL-Cardinal after losing to Licking Heights 15-12 on April 8.
"We have to be calmer and smarter on the diamond," said coach Chris Herring, whose team also played Berne Union in a league game April 10. "When we get under pressure, we have to handle it better."
Grandview opened April 3 with a 10-8 loss to Columbus Academy. The Bobcats fell behind 6-1 before rallying to take an 8-6 lead, but they gave up four runs late to let the game slip away.
"We have been digging ourselves into holes with errors," Herring said.
"We have been able to rally, but we can't continue to do that."
The Bobcats lost to Fisher Catholic 15-7 on April 5 in their MSL-Cardinal opener. They trailed 5-0 and gave up a combined nine runs in the sixth and seventh innings.
Nick Perez had three singles and Jon Faris added two singles.
"We talk about having fun out there," said Herring, whose team was swept by Centennial 10-4 and 4-1 on April 6.
"We need to relax and stay loose."
Like the softball team, the Bobcats had their home league game against West Jefferson moved to Thursday, April 11, from Wednesday, April 17.