Members of the Westerville South High School softball team hope to build on their 2-1, eight-inning win over visiting Westerville North in an OCC-Cardinal Division game April 13.

Members of the Westerville South High School softball team hope to build on their 2-1, eight-inning win over visiting Westerville North in an OCC-Cardinal Division game April 13.

The win snapped the Wildcats' five-game losing streak.

"We weren't supposed to beat them," senior third baseman Lindsay Gerhart said. "We're probably supposed to be one of the worst teams in the league this year and we're not, and they're supposed to be like the best, so it's definitely a big win."

Gerhart doubled, singled and scored the Wildcats' first run in the third inning on a double by Chelsea Raker.

North tied the game at 1 in the top of the seventh when Halli Swiger drove in Tory Speakman with a double.

Then, in the bottom of the eighth, Laura Hara scored the winning run when she beat the throw by Warriors first baseman Alex Brooker on a slow-rolling grounder by Erica Aiello.

Leah Ross earned the win in relief of Raker, who pitched the first three innings before leaving the game with a back injury.

Cheyenne Warrick added two hits for South.

"We've had a run of one-run losses and this would have really torn us up if we didn't get this win," Wildcats coach Jerry Kelbley said. "It was a well-played game. Everybody played well, both sides. It was a typical, old-time North-South game. Everybody was into it and I'm just glad to see we came out on top."

North loaded the bases in the second and fifth innings but did not score.

"We have been in a hitting slump the entire season," Warriors coach Joe Francisco said. "Last season we took advantage of moving baserunners in scoring position. We have not been as fortunate this season. I believe in these kids. We will work hard to improve in all aspects of the game the second half of the season."

The teams meet again April 30 at North.

Warhawks coach likes how his team is playing

Central went 3-0 in the OCC-Cardinal last week, including a 6-4 win over Olentangy on April 13.

The Warhawks led 3-0 in the sixth inning, only to see the Braves score four runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 4-3 lead. Central answered with three runs in the top of the seventh.

Paige McMenemy got the win and hit a home run in the fourth.

Also last week, Central defeated Marysville 9-5 on April 9 and Dublin Scioto 10-0 on April 11.

"The girls are playing well right now and putting together a total game of pitching, defense and hitting," coach Brian Wamsley said. "The Marysville game was key and a turning point for us. I told them that if they played hard and worked on the aspects of the game that we worked on in practice, they could play with anyone in the conference. I was proud of the way they came together against Marysville and then the way they never gave up against Olentangy."

Through 14 games, Perry Wallinger had a team-high .475 batting average, followed by McMenemy (.468) and Andi Lowe (.341).

In the circle, McMenemy was 7-5 with a 1.07 ERA and 83 strikeouts and 36 walks in 84 innings.