Cal McAninch has heard about the unusual coincidence involving his parents a few times over the years.

His father, Sam, and his mother, Adrienne, each threw a no-hitter on the same day while pitching for the Wright State University baseball and softball teams, respectively, in the mid-1990s.

So it shouldn't come as a surprise that McAninch has developed into an effective pitcher for the Watterson High School baseball team, albeit one with an uncommon style.

"Of course, at family occasions they bring it up sometimes," McAninch said, referring to his parents' no-hitters. "I've kind of pitched my whole life."

McAninch, whose parents are Watterson graduates, has found a niche as a submarining right-handed pitcher.

Longtime Eagles coach Scott Manahan also coached Sam, who recorded the final two outs of his team's 10-1 win over Solon in a Division II state semifinal in 1991. Watterson won the state title the next day.

"(Sam) played for me in the early 1990s and Cal is my first former player's son to play for me," Manahan said. "He's a very smart kid on the baseball field."

Watterson beat St. Charles 7-2 in a CCL game April 12 and was 5-3 overall and 2-0 in the league before playing Hartley on April 18. The Eagles continue CCL play Monday, April 24, at Hartley.

In a 13-1 league win over DeSales on April 10, senior Matt Dockman, Watterson's No. 1 starting pitcher and a Duke recruit, tossed a four-hitter.

Another slideshow •Check out these photos from the Watterson girls lacrosse team's April 11 game against DeSales.

While Dockman is a 6-foot-4 left-hander who throws in the mid- to upper-80s, McAninch is a 6-1 senior who mixes a four-seam fastball, slider, sinker and changeup that usually tops out in the mid-70s.

Through seven games, McAninch was 0-1 with two saves, a 3.32 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP in 6 1/3 innings.

"I started throwing submarine the summer after my sophomore year," said McAninch, who has committed to play for Northern Kentucky. "I hit 77 (mph) when (the team) was in Myrtle Beach (in late March), but it's a little different for a submariner."

McAninch is the team's starting second baseman when he's not on the mound. Last season, he batted just over .250 but threw the second-most innings (31 2/3) and went 1-1 with a 1.11 ERA, a 0.85 WHIP and 21 strikeouts.

Through six games this spring, McAninch was batting .333 with four RBI.

His brother, Drake, is a freshman for the Eagles and was 1-0 with a 1.11 ERA in 6 1/3 innings through seven games.

Both of the McAninch brothers are part of a pitching staff that is led by Dockman, who had 23 strikeouts and a 0.54 ERA through his first 13 innings.

Watterson had a 2.55 team ERA through seven games.

Defensively, Cal McAninch had no errors through his first 17 chances and has been told that "he has pretty fast hands as an infielder."

"(Cal) started at second base last year and is an exceptional fielder," Manahan said. "He's also done a nice job as a relief pitcher. He throws guys off because of his delivery and is really good after teams face a guy like a Dockman."

Boys lacrosse team
out to strong start

After losing to Worthington Kilbourne 9-8 in its opener March 18, the boys lacrosse team won its next six games.

The Eagles, who are 6-1 overall and 1-0 in the CCL, still haven't allowed double digits in goals in any game this season as seniors John Blevins, Nick Geisler, Adam Kasun and Hayden Paul and sophomore Barrett Baur have led the way defensively.

Through six games, junior goalkeeper Dominic Elmo had a .650 save percentage.

"(This) team is very deep and aerobically in great shape," coach Tom Foley said. "Staying healthy is the key to a strong finish before the state playoffs starting the week of May 15. (The) team has great chemistry and they are sharing the ball."

According to Foley, junior Cameron Headlee has been "doing a great job" as faceoff midfielder.

Offensively through six games, senior attacker A.J. Rigsby had 16 goals and 22 assists, senior attacker Drew McQuade had 14 goals and nine assists and senior midfielder Riley Taylor had 11 goals and three assists.

Freshmen Dominic Dean (attacker) and Max Ritchey (midfielder) also have contributed, according to Foley.

The Eagles haven't played since beating Pickerington Central 17-2 on April 8 and will return to action Friday, April 21, at Hilliard Bradley.

On Monday, April 24, Watterson plays at Cincinnati Mariemont, which won its first five games after going just 6-11 last season.

Softball team to grow
from early challenges

During the first two weeks of the season, the softball team won three close games on its trip to Myrtle Beach (South Carolina), played four Division I programs from central Ohio and opened CCL action.

That stretch presented the type of tests that coach Tracey Cultice believes will benefit her team in the long run.

"We've had a strong start to the season," Cultice said. "I like that we've been challenged in several of our games and the girls have responded well. We were losing to Tallmadge 6-2 in the bottom of the seventh inning with two outs and came back to win 7-6 (on March 30). It's important that we face adversity and see if we can rise to the challenge."

The Eagles were 8-3 overall and 2-0 in the CCL after beating Ready 3-2 on April 12. Watterson opened league action April 10 with an 8-0 win over Hartley as senior Madison Eagle was the winning pitcher.

Through nine games, senior shortstop Katrina Wierzbicki was leading the Eagles with a .469 batting average, followed by senior pitcher Erin Vonderwell (.438), senior first baseman Gracie Bressoud (.414) and sophomore second baseman Maddie McCleary (.414). Vonderwell had an ERA of 1.75.

Senior athletes
announce colleges

Watterson held a signing ceremony April 12 for 17 senior athletes who have announced their college intentions.

In baseball, Will Davis has committed to Ohio Northern and Adam Stotler will play for Otterbein, while Erin Vonderwell and Katrina Wierzbicki both will play softball for Otterbein.

In women's track and field, J'Niah Johnston-Reynolds will compete for Case Western Reserve and Michelle Lehmann will compete for Ball State, while Sam Mikula will compete in women's cross country and track for Cincinnati.

Kiera Mulcahy (Otterbein) and Torie Sullivan (Mercyhurst) have committed to play women's lacrosse, while A.J. Rigsby (Franklin & Marshall) will play men's lacrosse.

Gabby Garrett (Baldwin Wallace) and Giavanna Paradiso (St. Mary's) will play women's basketball.

In women's soccer, Emily Ganz, Allison Luckscheiter, Priscilla Severance and Regina Severance all have committed to Otterbein and Dena Wenzinger will play for Walsh.

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