The Thomas Worthington High School softball team continues to roll in the second half of the season.
The Cardinals were 11-10 overall and 5-5 in the OCC-Central Division before playing Dublin Coffman on May 6 and Hilliard Davidson on May 7. They defeated Central Crossing 2-1 in a league game May 5, marking their eighth win in 10 games.
"I am extremely happy right now because after starting off 3-8, we have gone (8-2) in the second half of the year and are playing extremely well," coach Tim Masie said. "We are right where we want to be going into the (Division I district tournament)."
Thomas is seeded 24th of 45 teams in the district and plays host to 26th-seeded Mount Vernon in the first round Tuesday, May 13. The winner plays at 12th-seeded Dresden Tri-Valley in the second round May 15.
The Cardinals, who have yet to play Mount Vernon or Tri-Valley this season, defeated Kilbourne 1-0 on April 29 as Anna Boue won a pitching duel with the Wolves' Manda Cash.
Boue, who has committed to Mount Vernon Nazarene, pitched a four-hitter, and Cash, who has signed with the University of Dayton, allowed three hits.
Thomas swept Hilliard Darby on May 3, winning 15-6 and 11-1 in six innings.
In the first game against the Panthers, Boue pitched a four-hitter and hit a grand slam as part of a nine-run third inning. Three other Cardinals players had a home run in the contest, with Jamie Zinsmeister hitting a three-run shot in the first inning and Carson Baymiller and Sammy Bullock each hit a solo homer in the sixth.
In the second game against Darby, Boue and Julia Kimmel combined to pitch a two-hitter and the Cardinals hit two home runs. In the sixth inning, Sarah Boue hit a solo home run and Anna Boue hit a three-run homer.
Through 19 games, Sarah Boue was hitting .484 with 23 runs, six home runs and 29 RBI. Baymiller was batting .377 with 26 runs, four home runs and 13 RBI and Zinsmeister was hitting .381 with 11 runs, two homers and 23 RBI.
"Sarah Boue, Carson Baymiller, Fatima Said, Jamie Zinsmeister and Anna Boue are all playing very well right now," Masie said. "Honestly, the whole team has been playing well. That is why we are playing at such a high level right now."
Thomas will play host to Westland on Thursday, May 8, and Olentangy Liberty on Friday, May 9, in league games.
Wolves seeded 9th in district tourney
Kilbourne is looking to recapture some momentum as it prepares for the Division I district tournament.
The Wolves won nine of their first 12 games but went 3-4 in their next seven. They were 12-7 overall and 6-4 in the OCC-Capital after losing to Olentangy 3-2 on May 5.
Kilbourne is seeded ninth in the district and has a first-round bye. It will play host to 42nd-seeded Dublin Scioto in the second round May 15, with the winner facing eighth-seeded Liberty, 25th-seeded Westerville North or 37th-seeded Whetstone in a district semifinal May 20 at Pickerington North.
The Wolves have not played Scioto this season.
"I was pleased with the draw because we have to play one game, at home, to reach a (district semifinal)," coach Marty Mearhoff said. "We have a pitcher (Cash) who is a tough competitor and gives us a chance to win every time she's in the circle, but we need to support her offensively and defensively."
The Wolves were tied for second in the OCC-Capital before playing Big Walnut on May 6 and New Albany on May 7. They have league games Thursday, May 8, at Mount Vernon and Friday, May 9, at Olentangy Orange.
Kilbourne defeated Franklin Heights 9-0 on May 1 in a league contest and beat West Jefferson 8-0 on May 2 before splitting a pair of games May 3, losing to Hilliard Davidson 9-0 and beating Hartley 3-1.