One inning has been the undoing of the Grandview Heights High School softball team in several games this season.
That trend continued April 17 in a 13-5 loss to visiting London in MSL-Ohio Division competition.
The Bobcats led 5-2 after three innings, but gave up 10 runs in the fourth.
"Every game, it comes down to one big inning," said coach Michael Cantrell, whose team was 1-10 overall and 1-5 in the MSL-Ohio after losing to Whitehall 15-6 on April 21 and before playing Madison Plains on April 23. "We want to limit that big meltdown inning and be more competitive. We have to stay focused for the entire game."
Mary Guida had a double, single and two RBI against London, and Natalie Webb had two singles. Learin McHugh and Chloe Wernet both singled.
"We're working on our hitting, because if you don't hit the ball, you don't score runs and you need to score to win," Cantrell said. "We have been patient, drawing five walks in the first inning (against London) and eight for the game, and we had two batters hit by pitches."
Some of the struggles can be attributed to the Bobcats starting five freshmen in Kynsie Burton-Smiles (2B), Paige Crabill (designated player), McHugh (RF), Bailey Smith (SS) and Wernet (3B).
"We have a lot of young players being put in pressure situations for the first time," Cantrell said. "They are improving under pressure and that's good for the future."
The Bobcats lost to Bexley 11-1 in six innings April 16 in a league game. They then fell to Millersport 8-3 and Danville 8-0, both on April 19.
Track teams prep for Booster meet
The boys and girls track and field teams will play host to the Bobcat Booster Invitational on Friday, April 25.
Last season, the girls team scored 162 points to win its eighth consecutive title in the six-team event ahead of Jonathan Alder (144), Liberty Union (78), Columbus International (59), Madison Plains (35) and West Jefferson (26). The boys team finished third (106) behind Liberty Union (162) and Jonathan Alder (137) and ahead of West Jefferson (72), Madison Plains (25) and International (20).
The same five teams will join the Bobcats this season.
"It's definitely a meet both the kids and the coaches look forward to every year," coach Brian Schoch said. "It's great to have a home meet that falls at this time of the season. You already have a few meets under your belt. You have knocked some of the rust off and you start to see your times drop."
The Bobcats competed in a three-team meet April 15 at Watterson. The girls were second (67) behind Watterson (84) and ahead of Whetstone (11) and the boys were runners-up (72.5) to Watterson (84.5) with Whetstone (9) third.
For the girls team, Dareth Douglass won the shot put (33 feet, 4 inches) and discus (115-9) and Ali Lachey won the high jump (4-11) and 3,200 meters (12 minutes, 18 seconds). Halli Bair won the 400 (1:05).
The 400 relay of Morgan Ettrich, Allison Voelker, Lizzie Van Duesen and Douglass won in 55.9, and the 800 relay of Bair, Molly Smith, Maria Murphy and Emily Burns won in 1:56. The 1,600 relay finished first (4:23) with Bair, Laura Satterthwaite, Smith and Burns, and the 3,200 relay of Lachey, Madison Osborne, Satterthwaite and Smith won in 10:22.
Grant Varner won the shot put (50-0) and discus (111-1) for the boys team, and Spencer Hawk won the high jump (5-4). Luke Evans won the 3,200 (9:52.7) and Ryan McHugh won the 1,600 (4:52.9).
The 3,200 relay of McHugh, Evans, Josh Smith and Eli Reed won in 8:59.
Baseball team defeats London
The baseball team was 4-8 overall and 4-3 in the MSL-Ohio after losing to Whitehall 11-6 on April 21 and before playing Madison Plains on April 23.
The Bobcats were tied with London in the bottom of the seventh inning April 17 but pushed across a run to win the league game 4-3.
Winning pitcher Leo Readey led off with a single and Jon Faris moved him to second with a sacrifice bunt. Joe Pinney singled to right field to bring home the winning run.
Josh Keller had three singles and Jake Bush added two singles.
Grandview also lost to Bexley 15-1 in five innings in MSL-Ohio play April 16 and to Liberty Union 7-2 on April 18.
Tennis team awaits MSL-Ohio tourney
The boys tennis team was 2-4 overall and 1-1 in the MSL-Ohio before playing Worthington Christian on April 22.
Grandview will participate Saturday, April 26, in the MSL-Ohio tournament at London. Last season, the Bobcats competed in the MSL-Cardinal/Ohio and finished fourth (17 points, 3-3) behind champion Columbus Academy (51, 6-0).
The Bobcats lost to Hilliard Darby 3-2 on April 16. Nick Eaton and Ben McCollough won 6-0, 6-1 at first doubles and Jon Sterneker and Luke Treasure won 6-2, 6-2 at second doubles.
Grandview was swept by Academy 5-0 on April 17 in MSL-Ohio competition.