The Pickerington High School Central and North softball teams went 2-1 in out-of-town tournaments last weekend, their last prolonged stretches against non-OCC-Ohio Division competition during the regular season.
Central was 2-1 in the Akron Racers Spring Showcase, losing to Bloomdale Elmwood 3-2 on April 18 and defeating Medina Highland 8-2 later that day before beating North Ridgeville 17-0 in five innings April 19.
Allie Luther hit a three-run home run to highlight an eight-run third inning against North Ridgeville, which followed a seven-run second. Madi Schott also homered in the game.
The Tigers then beat Groveport 15-1 in five innings April 21, improving their record to 11-2 overall and 5-0 in the OCC-Ohio before playing Grove City on April 22.
Kallie Boren homered against Highland and had an RBI double against Elmwood.
Luther's grand slam -- it was her second grand slam of the season -- helped Central beat Newark 11-1 in five innings in an OCC-Ohio game April 16. Central scored four runs in the fourth -- all on Luther's homer -- and three more in the fifth.
Beginning April 21, 10 of Central's final 14 scheduled regular-season games were in the league.
Entering the week, Paige Johnson was batting a team-high .633. Boren and Luther each had 22 RBI, tied for the team lead.
For North, Hannah Murphy and Maddi Mushill hit solo home runs in a 13-6 win over Wellston on April 18 in the Valley of Thunder tournament at Willow Wood Symmes Valley. That victory began a 2-1 weekend for the Panthers, who beginning April 21 in a 13-7 loss to Gahanna, were scheduled to play nine of 11 games in the OCC-Ohio.
On April 19, North lost to Wheelersburg 8-1 but recovered to defeat Russell (Ky.) 13-6.
North was 5-7 overall and 2-4 in the league before playing Reynoldsburg on April 22.
Murphy also hit a grand slam April 16 to lead North past Groveport 9-8 in an OCC-Ohio game. That was the highlight of a five-run fifth inning.
Before April 21, Hannah Lucas was batting .385 -- best on the team among everyday players -- with a team-high 15 hits, including four triples. Christina Hope was batting .304 and Murphy was batting .250 with team-highs of three home runs and 18 RBI.