The Olentangy High School softball team entered the week on a 10-game winning streak.
The Braves went 4-0 last week, winning OCC-Capital Division contests against Mount Vernon (6-1 on April 30), New Albany (6-1 on May 1) and Watkins Memorial (14-0 in five innings May 3) and a non-league game against Dublin Coffman (14-0 in five innings May 2) before opening the week with a 7-1 victory over Mount Vernon on May 6.
First baseman Megan Beidelman and center fielder Jessica Lowery each hit a solo home run against Mount Vernon and shortstop Melissa Lee went 3-for-3 with an RBI and Beidelman went 3-for-4 with an RBI against New Albany.
Against Coffman, second baseman Brooke Ring went 2-for-3 with three RBI, third baseman Sierra Stults went 3-for-3 with a triple and three RBI and Hailey Wilson pitched a two-hitter.
Against Watkins Memorial, Beidelman went 3-for-4 with three RBI, Ring went 3-for-4 and Wilson tossed a four-hitter.
Olentangy outscored its previous 10 opponents 85-13 and had 15 home runs through 21 games, including eight by Beidelman.
"We have improved our confidence in ourselves and each other," coach Alan Tharp said. "Our No. 1 priority was to improve our defense from previous seasons and we are on the right track with a .966 fielding percentage to date. Our bats have come alive, too.
"Our pitching has been steady. Hailey Wilson has done most of the pitching and continues to improve. We hope to continue improving, be humble and have some fun."
Olentangy is seeded 12th of 42 teams in the Division I district tournament and will play host to 30th-seeded Hilliard Bradley on Tuesday, May 14.
Patriots' Adkins shines in league victories
Led by pitcher Kristen Adkins, Liberty won all three of its OCC-Central games last week.
Adkins tossed a two-hitter in a 10-0, six-inning win over Westland on May 1, pitched a four-hitter in a 7-4 victory over Hilliard Davidson on May 3 and allowed only three hits in a 15-3, five-inning win over Coffman on May 4.
Liberty is seeded fourth in the Division I district tournament and has a first-round bye. The Patriots will play host to 14th-seeded Central Crossing or 22nd-seeded Pickerington North in the second round May 16. Liberty, which was ranked fourth in the state poll last week, swept Central Crossing in league play, winning 10-5 on April 8 and 6-1 on April 25.
Robinson helps lead Pioneers in league wins
Orange won all four of its OCC-Capital games last week behind the pitching of Mason Robinson.
The Pioneers beat Mount Vernon 16-10 on April 29, New Albany 3-2 on April 30, Delaware 4-3 on May 1 and Franklin Heights 5-2 on May 3.
Robinson allowed eight hits against New Albany, scattered 12 hits against Delaware and tossed a six-hitter against Franklin Heights. Last week, Delaware was ranked first in the Division I area coaches poll and sixth in the state poll.
Orange is seeded fifth in the Division I district tournament and has a first-round bye. The Pioneers will play host to 23rd-seeded Upper Arlington or 28th-seeded New Albany in the second round May 16.
Orange, which was a district runner-up last year, swept New Albany in league play, winning 10-5 on April 8 and 3-2 on April 30.