Thomas Worthington High School softball team has been a little inconsistent thus far this season, but first-year coach Tim Masie said there is no need for concern -- yet.
After losing their opener to Grove City 6-2 on April 1, the Cardinals defeated Westland 17-1 on April 9 and Upper Arlington 3-2 on April 10 in OCC-Central Division games before losing to Dublin Coffman 5-4 in eight innings in a league game April 11.
Thomas then lost to Northridge 9-6 and Olentangy Orange 3-0 on April 12, followed by a 7-0 loss to Marysville in a league game April 14.
"We were playing well to start the season," said Masie, whose team was 2-5 overall and 1-3 in the OCC-Central before playing Central Crossing on April 16. "I think our loss at Grove City gave us perspective and helped us understand what we need to do to be successful. I like our chemistry, attitude and overall approach.
"But we do need to stop beating ourselves. We've been in every game, although we came out flat and never found a spark (April 12). We're better than what we've displayed the past few games. We need to play up to our potential."
Through four games, third baseman Sarah Boue had a .600 batting average with three doubles, one triple, one home run and six RBI, and shortstop Carson Baymiller was hitting .429 with a home run, five runs and three RBI.
"Sarah Boue is hitting well and really driving the offense, as well as Carson Baymiller and Anna Boue," Masie said. "Hanna McNeill has played well and is consistent in the outfield and also is making contributions offensively. ... This team is a very opportunistic group that feeds off of each other's successes.
"Anna Boue has pitched like a warrior out there and has anchored our defense, and we have had solid defense from the rest of the team. She had a 2.39 ERA and 17 strikeouts (through four games)."
Masie said the good news about the sport of softball is that, barring bad weather, teams have an opportunity to get better each week and correct mistakes quickly.
"We still have 20-plus games remaining, so there's lot of ball yet to play," he said. "It's not a short season. It's more of a quick grind, so there are no concerns yet.
"We want to catch fire at the right time. We have the potential to make a significant run. We are prepared and we have a good group of softball players. Sooner or later, we're going to hit that streak and take off."
The Cardinals were scheduled to play host to Kilbourne on Thursday, April 17, but the game was postponed because the Wolves had to make up an OCC-Capital game with Franklin Heights that was postponed April 14 because of bad weather.
As of April 15, the Thomas-Kilbourne game had not been rescheduled.
Pitching leading way for Wolves
Pitching has been leading the way for Kilbourne, which had allowed a total of four runs in its first four games.
The Wolves were 3-1 overall and 2-1 in the OCC-Capital before playing Olentangy on April 16.
Senior pitcher Manda Cash has been strong in the circle, posting a 2-1 record with a 0.35 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 20 innings through four games.
"She has pitched three great games," first-year coach Marty Mearhoff said. "Overall, we are playing very good softball with great pitching, defense and offensive production. It has been a good start to the season."
The Wolves opened April 9 with a 2-0 win over Mount Vernon in an OCC-Capital game. After losing to Delaware 3-1 in a league game April 10, they rebounded to beat Big Walnut 4-1 in a league contest April 11 and defeat Briggs 10-2 on April 12.
"The game against Delaware Hayes was a classic softball matchup," Mearhoff said. "It went back and forth and they got a key hit late in the game to go up 3-1. But it was a well-played game, well-pitched game by both teams. Both teams had opportunities and Delaware cashed in on one of their opportunities."
Third baseman Emily Dodd hit two-run home run against Mount Vernon.
Through four games, Cash (.545) and catcher Elyssa LaBine (.538) were the top hitters for the Wolves, who had a .287 team batting average.
"Emily Rodriguez and Elyssa LaBine are hitting well," Mearhoff said. "Rodriguez is playing a strong center field and LaBine is performing well behind the plate in her first varsity season catching. Dodd also has been strong defensively."