One trend has become glaringly apparent to everyone on the Olentangy High School softball team.

One trend has become glaringly apparent to everyone on the Olentangy High School softball team.

Through the first four weeks of the regular season, the Braves were 6-1 in games in which they scored three or more runs but 1-9 in contests in which they scored two or fewer runs.

"It all depends on our hitting," senior center fielder Lauren Bayless said. "When we don't hit well, we usually don't win. When we have confidence and we focus on what we're doing at the plate, we do good."

Olentangy had a .189 team batting average through 15 games and scored only one run while losing three consecutive games to open last week's action. But the Braves finished the week strong, pounding Zanesville 14-0 in five innings last Friday and beating Madison Plains 3-0 last Saturday.

Against Zanesville, Lindsey Stanley went 4-for-5 with a solo home run and four RBI and Amanda Wojta went 3-for-4 with a triple and three RBI. Stanley, Bayless and Ashley Forsythe each drove in a run against Madison Plains.

Through 15 games, Ally Bayless was leading Olentangy with a .311 batting average and a .491 on-base percentage. Stanley had a .404 on-base percentage and Kaeli Weaver had a .353 on-base percentage.

"Our biggest issue has been scoring runs," coach Marty Mearhoff said. "I'm encouraged by the way we swung our bats (last) weekend, though. We're constantly talking and practicing hitting every day, and we've cut down on our strikeouts. Now it's just a matter of hitting the ball harder when we put it into play."

Pitchers Haleigh Breuer and Amanda Graham have been a bright spot for the Braves.

Through 15 games, Graham was 4-4 with a 1.66 ERA and Breuer was 3-6 with a 2.67 ERA.

Graham pitched a no-hitter against Zanesville and Breuer pitched a no-hitter with eight strikeouts and six walks against Madison Plains.

"This may be the first time our team has ever had back-to-back no-hitters," Mearhoff said. "I couldn't be happier with our pitching, and our defense has been good. The problem is when you only score one or two runs, you're putting a lot of pressure on your defense. We're looking to build off the way we played (last weekend) to get some momentum going into the (Division I district) tournament."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Liberty, Olentangy and Orange softball teams:


*April 20 - Defeated Dublin Scioto 11-2

*April 21 - Lost to Marysville 5-3

*April 22 - Lost to Westerville Central 2-1

Last Friday - Lost to Sheffield Brookside 6-4 in Centennial's Stellar Classic

Saturday - Games against Dresden Tri-Valley and Canal Winchester in Stellar Classic postponed

*Last Monday - Game against Olentangy postponed

*Last Wednesday - Played Westerville North

*Friday - At Dublin Scioto

*Monday - Home vs. Westerville Central

*Wednesday - At Westerville South

Of note: The Patriots were 11-5 overall and 7-2 in the OCC-Cardinal before last Wednesday.


*April 19 - Lost to Westerville North 3-0

*April 21 - Lost to Dublin Scioto 8-1

*April 22 - Lost to Marysville 4-0

Last Friday - Def. Zanesville 14-0 in five innings

Last Saturday - Def. Madison Plains 3-0

*Last Monday - Game against Liberty postponed

*Last Wednesday - Played Dublin Jerome

*Today - At Westerville Central

*Monday - Home vs. Westerville South

Tuesday - Home vs. Lancaster

*Wednesday - At Westerville North

Of note: The Braves were 7-10 overall and 4-5 in the OCC-Cardinal before last Wednesday.

*OCC-Cardinal game


*April 20 - Lost to Hilliard Bradley 13-2

*April 21 - Lost to Mount Vernon 4-3. Abby Davidson hit a two-run home run.

*Last Friday - Def. Big Walnut 10-3

Last Saturday - Def. Whetstone 10-4; def. Grandview 16-0 in five innings. Mason Robinson pitched a no-hitter against Grandview.

*Last Monday - Game against New Albany postponed

*Last Wednesday - Played Watkins Memorial

Today - At Dublin Scioto

*Friday - Home vs. Franklin Heights

Saturday - At Westerville North with Westerville South

*Monday - At Hilliard Bradley

*Wednesday - Home vs. Delaware

Of note: The Pioneers were 6-11 overall and 3-6 in the OCC-Capital before last Wednesday.

*OCC-Capital game