After losing consecutive OCC-Central Division games to Olentangy Liberty, the Marysville High School baseball team earned a much-needed win April 23 at Thomas Worthington.
The Monarchs remained in the league title chase with the 6-2 victory.
"It's a confidence builder for the kids," coach Mark Brunswick said of the win over Thomas. "We're in a tough league. This game here could really jumpstart you in the future within the league."
Marysville is 11-5 overall and 5-2 in the league. The Monarchs were tied for second in the league with Thomas, behind Liberty (6-1). The Monarchs and Cardinals were scheduled to play April 25 but the game was postponed to Tuesday, April 29.
Brunswick turned to one of his aces to help stop the brief skid.
Aron Mowery went the distance against the Cardinals, allowing seven hits, striking out three and walking one. Mowery also hit four batters.
"It was real big for us," Mowery said of the win. "Losing two straight to Liberty in the league, we really needed to come back and get this 'W' to help us in the league."
The Monarchs scored single runs in the second and third innings, and after Thomas tied the game at 2 with runs in the third and fourth, Marysville took the lead for good with a run in the fifth. The Monarchs added three runs in the seventh.
In the fifth, Sam Ford led off with a single and eventually scored on Matt Mulholland's sacrifice fly.
Ford and Desmond Johnson each singled to start the seventh. Mulholland and Jarod Yoakam came through with RBI singles and Mowery added a sacrifice fly to complete the scoring.
"We had some timely hits in that inning, got some good bunts -- a little execution -- and moved them around," Brunswick said of the seventh. "It's easier to pitch with a 6-2 lead than a 3-2 lead."
Ford, Johnson and Billy Kidd each had two singles. Thomas left 11 runners on base.
Liberty beat Marysville 12-4 on April 16 and 3-0 on April 21.
In the rematch, Ohio State recruit Jacob Niggemeyer pitched a five-hitter for the Patriots, while Yoakam allowed three runs and four hits in five innings for the Monarchs. Niggemeyer also was the winning pitcher in the first game.
Through 16 games, Kidd was hitting .483, followed by Mulholland (.408), Yoakam (.378), Johnson (.370), Casey Gould (.347) and Mowery (.340). Yoakam had a team-high 22 RBI.
Softball team bounces back from first loss
The softball team rebounded from its first loss of the season to defeat host Hilliard Davidson 8-7 in eight innings April 23 and visiting Watterson 19-2 in five innings April 24.
The Monarchs were 14-1 overall and 6-1 in the OCC-Central before playing Westland on April 25.
The Monarchs were 13-1 overall before playing Watterson on April 24 and tied for first with Liberty in the OCC-Central at 6-1 before playing Westland on April 25.
Marysville fell behind Davidson 4-0 in the first inning before rallying, scoring six runs in the third for a 6-4 lead.
Marysville led 7-6 in the seventh before Davidson tied the game, but the Monarchs scored the winning run in the eighth.
Riley Nelson led off with a walk, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Madi Shelley and scored on Hunter Lobdell's double. Marysville committed five errors.
Erin Unterbrink earned the win in relief. She went seven innings, allowing two earned runs and four hits while striking out seven and walking none.
Allanah Larriuz tripled and singled, Shelley doubled and singled and Amanda King singled twice to lead the offense.
The Monarchs lost at home to Liberty 7-4 on April 22 after falling behind 4-0 in the first inning.
Shelley homered and doubled, Logan Carper homered and singled and Maria Reed singled twice.
"It was a mentally exhausting week," coach Jennifer Segner-Maxwell said. "We came back from a 3-1 deficit to beat Central Crossing (4-3 on April 21) and then suffered our first loss to a very good Olentangy Liberty team. We had to come back and play another good team (in) Davidson. It was a battle."
Marysville was third in last week's Division I district coaches poll behind Delaware and Pickerington Central.
Boys tennis team defeats Thomas
The boys tennis team won a league match at Thomas 3-2 on April 22.
Winners were Austin Noland 6-3, 6-4 at third singles, Hunter Cox and Devin Syar 6-2, 6-2 at first doubles and Steven Britt and Kyle Pratt 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 at second doubles.
The Monarchs were 4-7 overall and 3-3 in the OCC-Central after losing at Davidson 5-0 on April 24.
"Our season is progressing about as well as expected," coach Brian Ash said. "I am especially happy with our doubles teams. They have consistently turned in excellent performances. Our win over Thomas Worthington secured us at least a fifth-place finish in the (OCC-Central)."
Marysville lost at Big Walnut 5-0 on April 23.
Boys lacrosse team looking to end skid
The boys lacrosse team was hoping to end a five-game losing streak when it played Perrysburg on April 26.
The Monarchs were 2-6 overall and are 0-3 in the OCC-Ohio.
Marysville lost a league game to visiting Olentangy Orange 20-2 on April 23.
Girls lacrosse team falls to North, Darby
The girls lacrosse team was 1-7 overall before playing Gahanna on April 25 and is 0-4 in the OCC-Cardinal.
Marysville lost to visiting Westerville North 16-11 on April 22 and at Hilliard Darby 15-6 on April 24.
Against Darby, Courtney Hickey scored three goals.