Marysville High School senior pole vaulter Kathleen Kennedy bettered her program record by three inches April 11, clearing 10 feet, 9 inches as the girls track and field team defeated North Union 92-41 at home.

Kennedy also tied for second in the pole vault (10-0) in the Stingel Invitational on April 8 at Pickerington North. Marysville finished ninth (34 points) of 15 teams behind champion Pickerington Central (109).

“The girls are off to a really strong start,” coach Luke Sundermeier said. “We’re scoring triple the points from last season at big meets. We have several outstanding freshman contributors who hope to continue making an impact. Our upperclassmen are competing and setting the tone at practice by paying attention to the details like hydration and mobility.”

Boys track coach
likes team’s progress

Boys track coach John Ritchie is pleased with his team’s progress.

In the Stingel Invitational, the Monarchs competed shorthanded because of injuries and athletes taking the ACT test. They finished 12th (21) of 16 teams behind champion Pickerington Central (104).

Ethan Klauda was third in the high jump (6-0) and fourth in the long jump (20-2).

“We had a solid showing at the Stingel Invitational,” Ritchie said. “Some top athletes could not make this meet … but we still saw some impressive things happen.”

Marysville defeated North Union 88.5-51.5.

Pitching, defense
lift baseball team

The baseball team has used two basic fundamentals, pitching and defense, to make an early statement in the OCC-Central Division.

The Monarchs were 5-4 overall and 2-1 in the league before playing host to Dublin Coffman on April 12.

“Our pitching and defense will be pretty good, it’s just a matter of stringing together some hits and getting some offense,” coach Mark Brunswick said.

The Monarchs won at Coffman 3-0 on April 10 behind Nate Snyder, who allowed six hits, struck out three and walked one in a complete-game effort.

“That was a really nice win for the guys. They played well,” Brunswick said. “They put together seven innings and got a good outing from Nate Snyder. It was all good.”

Brunswick said Snyder and Michael Ross have given Marysville a solid tandem at the top of the rotation, and Snyder, Tino Poma and Noah Wiseman have been key hitters.

Marysville plays host to Central Crossing on Thursday, April 13, looking to avenge a 3-2 loss to the Comets on April 5. The rematch was postponed April 7 because of bad weather.

“We can’t overlook anybody,” Brunswick said. “We’re in a league where you have to come ready to play every day.”

Softball team
opens league play

The softball team began its pursuit of an OCC-Central title when it played host to Westland on April 12.

The Monarchs entered the game at 7-3.

Despite their record, coach Jennifer Segner-Maxwell said there’s still room for improvement.

“We’re working on communicating,” she said. “Our biggest challenge is communicating. Sometimes they’re afraid to be wrong, so they don’t open their mouth and in doing so then we’re completely wrong.”

Freshman Isabelle Shroyer and junior Airyanna Maurer have shared pitching duties.

Senior Elise Freeland and sophomore Emily Daniel have been key hitters, according to Segner-Maxwell.

Marysville snapped a two-game losing streak by beating Olentangy 7-4 on April 8 and Olentangy Liberty 7-5 on April 10.

Against Liberty, the Monarchs scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to erase a 5-4 deficit.

“We knew that we were going to be down this year because we graduated eight seniors, but you don’t know who’s going to step up,” Segner-Maxwell said. “You want to get better by playing better teams. We’re learning as we go.”

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