What a difference a week made for the Grandview Heights High School baseball team.
The Bobcats started 0-3 -- they were shut out twice and outscored 35-2. That changed when the MSL-Ohio Division schedule began, as they won their first two league games to turn around a difficult start.
Grandview lost to Jonathan Alder 18-2 in five innings March 31 and to Hartley 15-0 in five innings April 2. Then it lost to Whetstone 2-0 on April 5.
"We played Jonathan Alder, which might be the top Division II team in the area, and we also played one of the top Division III teams in Hartley and probably the best City League team (in Whetstone)," coach Chris Herring said. "We knew facing that competition wouldn't be easy, but it helped prepare us (for MSL-Ohio games)."
The Bobcats had two complete-game wins to start league play. Tom Damschroder surrendered eight hits in an 18-5 win over West Jefferson on April 9 and Leo Readey threw a six-hitter in an 11-7 win over Madison Plains on April 10.
"Leo threw 147 pitches (against Madison Plains) -- but he doesn't throw hard enough to hurt his arm -- and Tommy Damschroder threw 97 (against West Jefferson)," said Herring, whose team was 3-5 overall and 3-1 in the MSL-Ohio before playing Bexley on April 16. "We have been getting good pitching and we have been putting the ball in play."
Josh Keller also has stood out behind the plate. Through five games, the four-year starter had thrown out four baserunners trying to steal and picked off seven runners at second base and one at third.
"We're throwing a lot more strikes (than in the first three games) and are fielding better," Keller said. "We finally are able to practice outside (after the weather has cleared), which is better because there is only so much you can do in a gym."
Herring said his team was playing relaxed, and that was one of the big changes.
"They have been buying in to our philosophy of playing loose, but staying focused," Herring said. "We need to not be so uptight and have fun out there."
Keller has noticed a boost in confidence with the victories.
"This has been amazing because we only won seven games for the past two seasons," said Keller, the team's lone senior. "We have been staying focused and playing to our potential."
The Bobcats lost to Columbus Academy 10-0 on April 11 in league play before losing to Centennial 7-5 on April 12.
They rebounded by defeating Worthington Christian 13-10 on April 14 in an MSL-Ohio game. The game at home with London on April 15 was moved to Thursday, April 17.
Track teams take second in quad
The boys and girls track and field teams competed against Whetstone and Watterson on April 16 and do not have a meet until the Bobcat Booster Invitational at home April 25.
On April 8, the boys and girls both finished second in a four-team meet at Hamilton Township.
The boys were second (51) behind Hamilton Township (108) and ahead of Fairfield Union (49) and Academy (48). Luke Evans won the 1,600 meters (4 minutes, 35.5 seconds) and the 3,200 (10:14.33), and Grant Varner won the shot put (50 feet, 9 inches).
The girls were runners-up (73) to Fairfield Union (76) and finished ahead of Hamilton Township (54) and Academy (53). Dareth Douglass won the discus (107-5). The 800 relay (1:55.06) of Halli Bair, Allison Voelker, Maria Murphy and Emily Burns and the 1,600 relay (4:21.52) of Bair, Molly Smith, Laura Satterthwaite and Ali Lachey both won.
Tennis team earns first MSL-Ohio win
The boys tennis team was 2-1 overall before playing Hilliard Darby on April 16 and is 1-0 in the MSL-Ohio.
The home match with Ready on April 14 was postponed to May 4 and the league match at home with West Jefferson was moved from April 15 to April 28.
The Bobcats defeated Grove City 3-2 on April 9 as Jon Sterneker won at third singles and the doubles teams of Nick Eaton and Micah Miller and Ben McCollough and Luke Treasure both won.
Grandview defeated London 5-0 in a league match April 10.
Jay Huff, Nick Luckenbach and Sterneker were winners at singles. Winning in doubles were the teams of Eaton and Miller and McCollough and Treasure.
Softball team picks up first victory
The softball team was 1-5 overall and 1-2 in the MSL-Ohio before playing Bexley on April 16.
Grandview picked up its first win by defeating Worthington Christian 13-3 in league play April 14. Mary Emma McLeod picked up the win.
The MSL-Ohio game at home with London on April 15 was moved to Thursday, April 17.
The Bobcats lost to West Jefferson 12-2 in five innings in their league opener April 9. Morgan Ramey took the loss.
On April 10, Grandview lost to Madison Plains 3-0 in a league game. Ramey threw a five-hitter but took the loss.