Entering the last week of its schedule, the New Albany High School softball team is looking to improve its record for Sunday's Division I district tournament seeding meeting.
Entering the last week of its schedule, the New Albany High School softball team is looking to improve its record for Sunday's Division I district tournament seeding meeting. The Eagles also hope to remain in the race for an OCC-Capital Division title. However, with five league losses before their game last Wednesday with Franklin Heights, they would need Hilliard Bradley, Mount Vernon and Delaware to lose most of, if not all, of its remaining league games.
New Albany has four games between today and Sunday's tournament draw. Getting some wins would help the Eagles avoid receiving too low of a seed in their first year as a Division I team.
"I've said from the get-go, this is a team that can compete for a district title," coach Patrick Finn said. "They're solid defensively, good offensively, they make adjustments and they make the right decisions. So when it comes tournament time, I feel excited about our potential."
New Albany plays host to Dublin Jerome today and Big Walnut on Friday. The Eagles then play host to a doubleheader on Saturday against Newark and Thomas Worthington. New Albany plays at Delaware on Monday and then at home against Mount Vernon on Wednesday.
Making up ground in the league is contingent upon wins over Big Walnut, Delaware and Mount Vernon. The Eagles lost to all three in the first round of league play, falling to Big Walnut 2-1 on April 14, 3-0 to Delaware on April 15 and 10-0 to Mount Vernon on April 19.
Despite facing an uphill battle for a shot at a league title, the Eagles remain confident.
"We're a very competitive team this year and we've stepped up our game," Eagles first baseman Brittany Bradbury said. "We feel like if Bradley gets knocked down somehow then we could take it."
New Albany dropped a tough game to Bradley on April 21, losing 8-6. The Eagles were tied at five with the Jaguars entering the seventh inning, but Bradley scored three runs to just one for New Albany. Hannah McClain and Tiffany Goodrich drove in New Albany's five runs in the sixth inning.
The Eagles bounced back from the loss to Bradley to defeat Watkins Memorial 14-2 on April 22. New Albany scored seven runs in the second inning and over the course of the game, the Eagles took advantage of six errors by the Warriors.
New Albany played well last Saturday, beating Wellington 16-0 in five innings and Whitehall 6-4. Eagles pitcher Amanda Kienzle threw a complete game and allowed one hit against Wellington.
"She's handled herself very well in the circle," Finn said of Kienzle.
"She's up their with the area leaders in strikeouts and wins, and she's been a major reason for our success."
At a glance
Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the New Albany softball team:
*April 21 - Lost to Hilliard Bradley 8-6
Last Saturday - Defeated Wellington 16-0; def. Whitehall 6-4
*Last Monday - Game vs. Olentangy Orange postponed
*Last Wednesday - Played Franklin Heights
Today - Home vs. Dublin Jerome
*Friday - Home vs. Big Walnut
Saturday - Home vs. Newark and Thomas Worthington
*Monday - At Delaware
*Wednesday - Home vs. Mount Vernon
Of note: The Eagles were 10-6 overall and 4-5 in the OCC-Capital before last Wednesday.
*OCC-Capital Division game