Another strong showing in the MOCAL was one of the highlights for the Tree of Life Christian School baseball team.

Another strong showing in the MOCAL was one of the highlights for the Tree of Life Christian School baseball team.

The Trojans tied Gahanna Christian for second at 5-3, one game behind Grove City Christian. They beat Grove City Christian 6-2 in the league-finale May 7 as junior Mitch Shonkwiler gave up five hits.

Tree of Life finished 8-15 overall after a 4-2 loss to Berne Union on May 11 in the first round of the Division IV district tournament. Tree of Life closed to within 2-1 in the sixth inning, but the Rockets scored twice in the bottom of the inning. Shonkwiler took the loss.

"We played pretty well," coach Rick Parcher said. "Mitchell did a nice job on the mound, but we faced some very good pitching and we just didn't do much hitting."

Shonkwiler and sophomore C.J. Nash were first-team all-MOCAL. Senior Jon Emrick and sophomore Connor Zehr were named to the second team and sophomores Grant Pauley and Kevin Bumgarner received honorable mention.

Zehr batted .464 followed by Shonk-wiler (.407), Nash (.368), Bumgarner (.341) and Emrick (.309). Emrick batted .461 over his last eight games.

Nash had 18 RBI, followed by Shonkwiler (17) and Zehr (16). Freshman Charles Collins led the team in home runs with three.

Other players who could return next season are juniors Spencer Preston and Shane Skacal, sophomores Gordon Coakley, Kyle Gibson, Ryan Severence and Nick Paliobagis and freshmen Kyle O'Connell, Jordan Hanson, Shane Frazier, Josh Nowak and Elliot Hagans.

"We lost enough games that were close enough that we would look back on it and say just a little bit different and we could have had a lot different record," Parcher said. "Those are the kind of things that are characteristics of young teams."

•The softball team finished 12-6 overall and 7-3 in the MOCAL, tied with Grove City Christian for second behind Fairfield Christian (8-2).

Tree of Life defeated Marion Catholic 16-4 on May 11 in the first round of the Division IV district tournament and lost to top-seeded Berne Union 11-1 in six innings May 14

Tree of Life swept the season series with Fairfield Christian, winning 10-4 on April 29 and 5-4 on May 14.

The Trojans will lose seniors Elyse Koval and Bethany Miller.

"It was really hard walking off the field for the last time, but I think what kept me going is I know I have my future at Cedarville," Miller said. "I'm going to Cedarville and playing softball there. It was heartbreaking and I told my coach I would like to keep my jersey."

Freshman Hannah Pratt was the team's ace. Sophomore Rachel Gray led the team in hitting at .581 followed by sophomore Emily Durbin at 538. Gray and Durbin were first-team all-MOCAL.

Pratt finished 12-5 with a 3.61 ERA and 102 strikeouts. She also batted .469 and was second-team all-MOCAL.

Junior shortstop Elizabeth Sells batted .422 and also was on the second team. Miller and junior Nicole DeWeese received honorable mention.

Other players expected back include juniors Sarah Bergen and Kayla Canfield, sophomores Natalie Boyer, Sheighley Carter and Hannah Ware and freshmen Carley Davis and Karisa Murray.

"We had so much potential," Miller said. "We had a great team. We lost some players because of grades and other things, but I think we fought through where we were able to come back with a successful season."