After a doubleheader split with Watterson last Saturday, the Reynoldsburg High School baseball team had won three of four and was on a bit of a roll.
If the sun stays out and the rain stays away, the Raiders hope to continue their success as they finish the last two weeks of the regular season and head into the Division I district tournament. Reynoldsburg defeated Groveport 8-2 on April 23 and came from behind to top Newark 4-2 last Friday, finally getting a pair of OCC-Ohio Division victories after opening 0-4.
Watterson, which was seventh in the Division II state poll last week, beat Reynoldsburg 17-8 in the first game last Saturday, but the Raiders won the second 14-13.
"We told the players we had to get on a roll," coach Dave Starling said after the Groveport game. "With the way the weather has been with all the rainouts, we've been seeing all the No. 1 pitchers on the best teams in central Ohio."
Pickerington North's Alex Borgan pitched a no-hitter in a 5-0 win over Reynoldsburg on April 16, and the next day the Raiders had just two hits against Gahanna's Brock Trimbur in a 4-0 loss.
"If we can get on a roll and get some wins under our belts that would give us some momentum," Starling said. "There's still lots of baseball left in the season.
Pitcher Halen Core, who was 4-2 after going the distance against Groveport and getting the win in relief last Saturday against Watterson, echoed Starling.
"If we can pick it up as a team and maybe win three or four games in a row, then we can get in a groove," he said.
Against Groveport, Reynoldsburg had just five hits but took advantage of three errors, five walks and one hit-batsman as it took an 8-0 lead after six innings. The Raiders committed no errors behind Core.
"The win feels pretty good especially after all the losses in a row in the league," Core said. "It's easier with the lead because you can just throw strikes and the defense can make the plays."
Core took a one-hitter into the seventh inning before Groveport scrapped together four hits and two runs.
"It was a great outing by Halen," Starling said. "He's been solid the last two times out and that's good to see."
The Raiders scored in four innings, including four runs in the fourth. Jonathan Hammond lined a single to right field with one out to drive in two runs and put the Raiders up 5-0.
"It was a 2-0 count and I was looking for something down the middle and that's what I got and I just got a base hit," Hammond said. "It's good to get a league win, we needed one. We hope to build on it and get a couple more."
The Division I district tournament seeding meeting is Sunday at Gahanna.
At a glance
Below are recent results and coming schedule for the Reynoldsburg baseball team:
*April 23 -- Defeated Groveport 8-2. Halen Core gave up five hits, but just one through six innings.
*Last Friday -- Def. Newark 4-2
Last Saturday -- Lost to Watterson 17-8; def. Watterson 14-13
*Last Monday -- Lost to Pickerington North 14-7
*Last Wednesday -- Played Lancaster
*Friday -- Home vs. Groveport
Saturday -- Home vs. Newark (doubleheader)
*Monday -- Home vs. Gahanna. The Raiders lost 4-0 on April 17.
*Tuesday -- Home vs. Pickerington Central
*Wednesday -- At Pickerington Central
Of note: The Raiders were 9-8 overall and 2-5 in the OCC-Ohio before last Wednesday.