The Marysville High School softball team understood the significance of its 3-0 loss to Thomas Worthington on April 15.
Before playing Upper Arlington on May 3, that was the last loss for the Monarchs and their only setback in OCC-Central Division play.
Marysville avenged that loss by defeating the Cardinals 8-5 on May 1 at Thomas.
Before playing UA, Marysville had won 12 consecutive games to improve to 17-3 overall and 9-1 in the OCC-Central.
"We knew we had to beat (Thomas) because right now we're in first place and losing to them would have put us in a tie again," center fielder Taylor Hicks said before the Monarchs defeated visiting Westland 22-0 in five innings May 2. We needed to beat them."
The Monarchs' week also included defeating host Central Crossing 9-4 on April 30. Before May 3, Marysville was first in the league ahead of Olentangy Liberty (7-2)
"Our first goal is to win the league and then we go onto round two, and that would be the (Division I district) tournament," coach Jennifer Segner-Maxwell said.
Central Crossing visits Marysville on Monday, May 6.
"Central Crossing is tough," Segner-Maxwell said. "They are a very smart ball team with a great coach (in Rona Dorsey)."
In the Monarchs' rematch against Thomas, the Cardinals erased a 2-0 deficit on Rachel Garris' three-run home run in the third inning.
Tess Cox (OF) led off the fourth with a single and later scored on a wild pitch, and Hunter Lobdell (2B) scored on a fielder's choice by Maddie Shelley (SS) to give Marysville a 4-3 lead.
After Anna Marie Boue's home run tied the game in the bottom of the inning, the Monarchs took the lead for good with two runs in the sixth, highlighted by Shelley's RBI double.
Cox's two-run double in the seventh closed the scoring for Marysville.
Cori Long earned the win in relief of Erin Unterbrink, pitching the final four innings. She allowed one run on two hits, struck out two and walked one.
Cox singled twice, doubled and drove in two runs, and Maria Reed (1B/C) doubled, singled and had two RBI. Hicks singled twice.
"I love our team chemistry," Segner-Maxwell said. "If one person has a bad game, the next person picks them up. There's no real animosity between someone starting over somebody else ... so that really helps. We're playing relaxed."
Through 18 games, Kyleah Brey (3B) was hitting .481 with 22 RBI and Riley Nelson (OF/C/SS) was hitting .400. Cox was at .373 and Hicks was at .354.
The district tournament begins May 14.
"I'm really excited," Brey said. "I'm ready to get in there and get going."
"We have a big group of good girls," Hicks said. "We're a family. We're all together. We're one team. We all get along and there's no drama."
Tucker resigns as girls basketball coach
Aric Tucker resigned April 29 as girls basketball coach.
"I want to thank those who supported our program over the years and the girls that played for us," said Tucker, who coached the team for nine seasons.
He declined further comment.
Last season, the Monarchs finished 5-18 overall after losing to Dublin Coffman 71-44 in the first round of the Division I district tournament.
Marysville went 0-14 in the OCC-Central to finish eighth behind co-champions Coffman and Hilliard Davidson, which each went 12-2.
The Monarchs last finished with a winning record in the 2009-10 season when they went 11-10.
"Aric is a great guy and I wish him all the best," athletics director Joe Bline said.
Baseball team 'working hard'
The baseball team was 13-7 overall and 6-5 in the OCC-Central before playing Central Crossing on May 3.
Marysville defeated host Central Crossing 2-1 on May 1. The Monarchs scored the winning run in the seventh, as Jarod Yoakam (1B) led off with a single and later scored on a throwing error.
Marysville lost a league game to UA 8-5 on May 2.
"Our players keep working hard at getting better," coach John Carder said. "We need to establish some consistency in our play. We have had a lot of close games, which will help us in the tournament. Our guys just have to find what it takes to win a game so that we can get on a roll."
Through 19 games, Bill Kidd (3B) was hitting .441, followed by Matt Mulholland (P/CF) at .386, Kyle Hites (OF) at .371, Aron Mowery (P/2B) at .364 and Nick Ciotola (C) at .333. Corey Gould (SS) had 16 RBI.
Track teams win at Delaware
The boys and girls track and field teams each finished first in a tri-meet April 30 at Delaware.
The boys (67 points) finished ahead of Westerville South and Delaware, which each had 54 points.
Clay Cochran was first in the 1,600 meters (4 minutes, 42.7 seconds) and Nick Williams was first in the 800 (2:01.8). Marysville also won the 3,200 relay (8:43.8), 800 relay (1:31.6) and 1,600 relay (3:29.13).
"The boys had an excellent week of performances, especially with a second-place showing at the Cavalier Invitational in Chillicothe (on April 25)," said coach J.B. Ritchie, whose team finished second (111) behind Chillicothe Unioto (131) in the 11-team event. "We also have injured athletes returning."
The girls (66) finished ahead of Delaware (55) and South (53).
Winners were Mim Stonecipher in the pole vault (7 feet, 6 inches) and 200 (28.28), Jessica Wickline in the shot put (95-2 1/2), Camelia Kiss in the high jump (4-10), Samantha Weingates in the 3,200 (13:53.75), the 400 relay (52.97), the 800 relay (1:54.31) and the 1,600 relay (4:18.63).
"The girls have had very solid performances overall in all events," Ritchie said. "We had several first- and second-place finishers at the Cavalier Invitational. Times are dropping in sprints and distance events. "
Marysville finished fourth (75.5) in the 12-team Cavalier Invitational behind champion Westerville Central (150.5).