Westerville News & Public Opinion


North looking to stay in OCC-Cardinal race


The Westerville North High School softball team entered the week looking to remain in the chase for the OCC-Cardinal Division championship.

The Warriors were 4-7 overall before playing Lakewood on April 23 and 3-3 in the league before playing Hilliard Darby on April 24.

North, which lost to Westerville South 5-4 on April 22, has key league contests Thursday, April 25, at home against Worthington Kilbourne and Wednesday, May 1, at Westerville Central.

North lost to Central 3-1 on April 15 at home but has yet to play Kilbourne, which improved to 5-0 in the OCC-Cardinal by beating Dublin Scioto 5-1 on April 22.

The Warriors also will be looking to sweep Scioto and Dublin Jerome in league play. They play host to Scioto on Friday, April 26, and travel to Jerome on Monday, April 29.

North rallied to beat Jerome 2-1 on April 18 in a game that was suspended April 16 in the first inning because of rain. The Celtics led 1-0 when play was halted, but the Warriors scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh to pull out the win.

North defeated Scioto 7-0 on April 10.

Wildcats roll to win over Scioto

South was 5-4 overall and 4-1 in the OCC-Cardinal before playing Central on April 23.

The Wildcats defeated Scioto 30-0 in a league game that began April 12 but was suspended because of rain and completed April 16.

Chelsea Raker (3B/1B) and Mackenzie Daugherty (OF/INF) both hit for the cycle against the Irish while winning pitcher Leah Ross allowed two hits and had five strikeouts in three innings.

The Wildcats split a pair of games April 20 at home, defeating Zanesville 3-1 and losing to Olentangy Orange 6-2.

Against Zanesville, Ross allowed seven hits and a walk and had seven strikeouts, Daugherty tripled and had two RBI and Raker doubled and had an RBI. Against Orange, Raker doubled and Sophie Winegard (1B/OF) had two RBI.

Warhawks enjoy perfect week

Central was 7-3 overall and 4-1 in the OCC-Cardinal after beating Jerome 2-1 on April 22.

The Warhawks went 4-0 last week. In addition to beating North, they defeated Hilliard Bradley 12-5 on April 18, Franklin Heights 20-3 in five innings April 20 and Westland 18-7 on April 20.

The game against Bradley started April 16 but was suspended because of rain and completed two days later. Perry Wallinger (INF/OF) homered to lead the Warhawks, who scored nine runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Allie Haines (C/1B/P) had two home runs and Paige McMenemy (P) homered once against Franklin Heights, and the Warhawks scored 10 runs in the first inning against Westland.

--Frank DiRenna