Having won eight of its first 11 games and its first three in the OCC-Central Division, the Marysville High School baseball team looks forward to any chance it gets to take the field.
That is why team members said they were disappointed about having to wait in the dugout during a weather delay against Westland at home April 16. The league game eventually was suspended for the second time in less than a week, with the Monarchs leading 3-1 in the bottom of the second inning.
Marysville won the other meeting with the Cougars, 13-3 in five innings April 8 at Westland.
The Monarchs returned to the field April 17 and defeated Olentangy Liberty 3-1 in a league game that was scheduled to be played at Liberty, but was moved to Marysville because of unplayable field conditions.
Although they are frustrated about the weather, the Monarchs are satisfied with their play.
"This is a pretty good start," coach John Carder said. "We wanted to get off to a good start and we've done that."
Carder believes his team has adjusted well to its move from the OCC-Cardinal to the OCC-Central.
"The league is pretty even top to bottom," he said. "It seems pretty well-balanced, so that bodes well for us."
Through nine games, senior Billy Kidd (3B) was leading the team in hitting at .556. He also had eight RBI.
"We have a lot of returning varsity lettermen, so we came into this season strong and we were ready to put in some work," Kidd said.
Sophomore Aron Mowery (P/2B) was hitting .476 and junior Matt Mulholland (P/CF) was at .464.
Mowery, Mulholland and senior Jake Allegree (P/1B) were leading a pitching staff that had a 2.57 ERA.
Mowery led the staff in wins, as he was 2-1 with a 3.32 ERA with 13 strikeouts and five walks in 12 2/3 innings.
Carder said an 11-0, five-inning league victory at Dublin Coffman on April 15 was a quality win. The Monarchs scored six runs in the first, and Mowery and senior Kyle Hites (OF/P) combined on a one-hitter.
"We've been playing pretty well," Carder said. "It's nice to go into Dublin and play well against them."
Despite its strong start, Carter said the team still can improve. Marysville lost to Coffman 10-3 on April 18.
"I think we can do a better job pitching," he said. "Defensively, we're playing really well. We're starting to come on hitting-wise. That's really the difference early on in the year and the last couple of games. We were getting guys on early, but we weren't getting them in. Now we've had that hit with the bases loaded and that's the difference between us early and us now."
Track teams compete at Stingel Invitational
The boys track and field team finished 11th (16 points) in the Stingel Invitational on April 13 at Pickerington North behind champion North (146.5) as 15 teams scored.
Senior Clay Cochran was fourth in the 800 meters (2 minutes, 3.2 seconds) and Jesse Ramirez, Jake Hiltscher, Tyler Branton and Jordan Bollmann were fifth in the 400 relay (46.14).
Coach John Ritchie said Cochran entered the week ranked 28th in the state in the 800 (2:01.15), while junior Nick Williams was ranked 22nd in the 400 (50.95).
"Overall, the upperclassmen are leading the way in all events, and the sophomores and freshmen are responding very well," Ritchie said of the boys team.
The girls team was 14th (16) behind champion Gahanna (133).
Senior Jessica Wickline won the discus (103 feet, 2 inches), while Maddy Hoy, Tracy Prinster, Mikayla Mosey and Beth Miller were fifth in the 3,200 relay (10:49.14).
"We are fighting through many, many injuries this season, including some of our top upperclassman girls," Ritchie said. "Overall, the rest of the ladies are stepping up big time. We're hoping to be near full strength by the OCC meet (May 16 and 18)."
Boys tennis team edges Liberty
The boys tennis team defeated Liberty 3-2 in an OCC-Central match April 18. Winners were Gavin Bushong 7-5, 6-2 at first singles, Thomas Fain 6-3, 6-4 at second and Javan Bushong 1-6, 7-5, 7-6 at third.
"(It was) a great effort by all my guys," coach Brian Ash said.
The Monarchs beat Marion Harding 5-0 on April 17. Winners were Gavin Bushong 7-5, 2-6, 7-5 at first singles, Fain 6-2, 6-0 at second singles, Jacob Beil 6-0, 6-3 at third singles, James Johnstone and Jamie Tutak 6-0, 6-1 at first doubles and Javan Bushong and Devin Syar 6-3, 6-2 at second doubles.
Marysville beat Worthington Christian 4-1 on April 12. Winners were Fain 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 at second singles, Javan Bushong 6-1, 6-3 at third singles, Johnstone and Tutak 6-4, 6-2 at first doubles and Hunter Cox and Syar 6-1, 6-3 at second doubles.