Coach Jeff Wilson believes his Northridge High School baseball team still is a work in progress.
The Vikings were 4-2 overall and 2-2 in the LCL before playing Newark Catholic on April 11.
Northridge had won three consecutive games before losing to Heath 3-0 on April 9. It rebounded with a 5-4 win over Granville on April 10.
"I think the boys had trouble jelling as a team, just like we did last season, but we get better every game," Wilson said. "We have been hitting the ball better and we have been making (fewer) errors."
The Vikings blasted past Briggs 9-6 on April 8 led by Gavin Shank, who had a two-run home run and a single. Clay Nicks and Brad Wilson both added a double and three singles.
"We're all good friends on and off of the field," Brad Wilson said. "We have great chemistry and we're all really competitive. We just keep getting stronger."
Trent Baughman doubled and singled against the Bruins, and Tate Van Fossen and Matt Simmons added two singles apiece.
Simmons came on to pitch with one out and runners at the corners in the seventh inning against Briggs and retired the final two batters for the save. He also got the victory in a 4-3, eight-inning win April 5 against Central Crossing.
"Matt Simmons has done a great job of coming in late and shutting the door," coach Wilson said. "I think that will help us out a lot this year."
Daniel McNamara led Northridge against the Comets with two doubles and two RBI.
The Vikings had six hits against Heath, but also had a setback defensively and committed three errors.
That's one area coach Wilson believes needs some added attention.
"We're still not where we need to be on groundballs," he said. "We need to work on our fielding, but that will come with more reps. That's something that gets better as the season goes along."
Track teams sweep Bulldogs
Chad Campbell and Hayley Menix both were part of four winning events April 8 as the boys track and field team defeated visiting East Knox 71-57 and the girls team beat the Bulldogs 80.5-42.5.
Campbell won the high jump (5 feet, 6 inches), long jump (18-1) and anchored the winning 400-meter relay (47.14 seconds) with Evan Wilkoski, Camden Chapman and Gunner Absten and the first-place 800 relay (1:42.46) with Wilkoski, Ryan Strong and Absten.
The 1,600 relay (4:03.27) of Isaac Marinchek, Robi Patrick, Kylor Kuahui and Absten also finished first.
Chapman also won the 200 (25.62) and 300 hurdles (46.51), while Colin Evans won the 110 hurdles (19.03) and Jacob Phillips won the 3,200 (14:07.27).
For the girls, Menix won the high jump (4-10), long jump (16-1/2) and 200 (28.34) and ran on the winning 400 relay (56.2) with Summer Prevost, Cortney Schneider and Ellie Shedloski.
Jana Choberka won the discus (70-7) and shot put (27-8 1/2). Other individual winners were Josie Bunstine (400; 1:13.27), Ana Carpenter (300 hurdles; 57.41) and Shedloski (100; 13.53).
The 800 relay of Jillian Choberka, Megan Dalton, Sydney Menix and Bunstine was first (2:12.76), as was the 1,600 relay (5:23.15) of Jillian Choberka, Carpenter, Bunstine and Prevost.
The 3,200 relay of Dalton, Carpenter, Hannah Young and Sydney Menix also finished first (13:13.96).
Softball team out to 3-4 start
The softball team was 3-4 overall and 1-3 in the LCL before playing Newark Catholic on April 11.
The Vikings lost to Granville 7-1 in an LCL game April 4 as Tori Hart had two singles and drove in a run.
Northridge split a doubleheader with Westerville South on April 5, winning the first game 9-5 and losing 6-3. Savannah Legg had a home run, three singles, two RBI and four runs in the opener, with Mikaela Pankuch contributing a double, single and four RBI and Courtney Mann adding a double and two singles.
In the second game, Pankuch and Legg both doubled and singled and Mann had two singles.
On April 9, Northridge lost to Heath 8-3 in an LCL game as Emily Wilson doubled and singled and Hart, Megan Hatfield and Pankuch all had two singles.