The anticipation of the first game between the Olentangy Orange and Olentangy Liberty high school softball teams is building.

The anticipation of the first game between the Olentangy Orange and Olentangy Liberty high school softball teams is building.

The Pioneers play host to the Patriots at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday. The teams will play again April 30 at Liberty.

"There are some real interesting storylines for that game," Orange coach Bruce Leary said.

Leary is the father of Liberty coach Kate Ross. They will face each other for the first time as head coaches. In 2006 Ross was an assistant at Liberty under Greta Gnagy and Leary was the coach at Bloom-Carroll as Liberty beat the Bulldogs 1-0.

"It will be an especially fun game," Leary said. "But I don't think it's a big deal for us. The last 18 years, we've been hanging around ballgames together."

"It's going to be a fun game," Ross said. "He's had a huge influence in my life and my softball career. He taught me to appreciate the game. I love the game, and it's because of him."

The game also features two sisters opposing each other for the first time at the varsity level. Junior Cara Hunsinger is entering her second season as the starting pitcher for Liberty and freshman Lauren Hunsinger is expected to be a starter for Orange, though as of last week her position had not been determined, Leary said.

"We're excited about it," Cara Hunsinger said. "We're having a lot of fun with it."

Cara Hunsinger said her parents were thinking about wearing "half-and-half" T-shirts or jerseys to the game so that they don't show any bias toward one team. Both players wear No. 22.

Orange catcher Taylor McConnell started at Liberty last season.