Senior Connor Sitz has played a major role in the Westerville Central High School baseball team's success the last two seasons.

Senior Connor Sitz has played a major role in the Westerville Central High School baseball team's success the last two seasons.

Last year as the team's top pitcher, he helped lead the Warhawks to their first Division I district championship and a berth in a regional final, where they lost to Grove City 10-3 to finish 24-8.

Led by Sitz, Central appears ready to make another postseason run this season. It was 9-6 before playing Dublin Scioto on April 18.

"I did and do believe that we can contend," Sitz said. "We did lose a lot of tremendous players last year, a lot of great seniors - not only talented, but leadership-wise. They taught us a lot. We were very anxious to get back and show everybody that we can still play. This isn't just a onetime thing and we're done. Not a whole lot of people knew who we were before and we kind of made a name for ourselves."

In his first five starts on the mound, Sitz was 3-1 with a 2.74 ERA and 26 strikeouts and nine walks in 23 innings. Last season, he went 7-2 with a 1.88 ERA and 76 strikeouts and 22 walks in 63 1/3 innings and was named second-team all-district and all-OCC-Cardinal Division.

"He's not sneaking up on anybody. Everybody knows who he is," coach Jeff Keifer said of Sitz. "They're swinging early in the count because they know he throws a lot of strikes."

Sitz took the loss in an 8-2 loss to Westerville North on April 9 in a game that pitted him against Warriors ace Jacob Miller, but Sitz bounced back to throw a four-hitter in a 12-2, five-inning win over Marysville on April 13.

The Warhawks had three errors against North.

"Our defense certainly let (Sitz) down and it's hard to tell how a game can turn when we don't make some plays behind him," Keifer said. "North did a great job and they're having a great year."

Sitz also has been valuable at the plate this season. Through 13 games, he had a team-high .452 batting average with a home run and a team-high 13 RBI.

Matthew Bracale was hitting .441, followed by Matt Knapp (.433), Cameron Box (.405), Corey VanDevelde (.395), Evan Conrad (.351) and Connor Bush (.350).

Sitz has committed to play at Ohio University.

"When I (visited) OU, I just kind of fell in love, not only with the coaching staff and the players, but the overall campus and everybody on it," he said. "I just felt so comfortable. I can't wait to get there."

North won all four games it played last week, including a 5-2 win over Central on April 11.

The Warriors were 10-5 after their eight-game winning streak was snapped in an 11-1 loss to Scioto in five innings April 16.

"It is fun watching this group of older, experienced players who have put in countless hours to become better ball players on the field," coach Sean Ring said. "We have used a recipe of good pitching, solid defense and timely hitting to win a stretch of games."

Through 14 games, Ryan Curtis had a team-high .467 batting average, followed by Michael Cooper (.417), Jacob Miller (.341) and Kevin Hackett (.318).

On the mound through 14 games, Miller was 4-1 with a 1.20 ERA and 26 strikeouts and eight walks in 35 innings.

"While we have enjoyed a nice run of victories, we have a lot of baseball still to play and must remain focused throughout the entire season to give ourselves the best chance of attaining our goals," Ring said.

Wildcats put end to losing streak

South ended a seven-game losing streak when it beat Walnut Ridge 14-3 in five innings on April 14.

Through 13 games, Jack Michael had a team-high .407 batting average and a team-high 10 RBI and Forest Dill was hitting .333.

On the mound, Jake Robinson was 2-4 with a 3.04 ERA and 20 strikeouts and 23 walks in 27 2/3 innings.

"The kids are giving maximum efforts," coach Tim Bates said. "We're putting the ball in play. As soon as the ground balls and the pop-ups become line drives, then we'll be all right."