The Johnstown-Monroe High School baseball team did not live up to its own expectations the past two seasons, but that has changed this spring.

The Johnnies were 7-4 overall and 4-2 in the LCL-Cardinal Division after losing to Watkins Memorial 14-6 on April 19. They finished 10-17 overall and 5-13 in the league in 2014 and were 8-15 overall and 3-10 in the LCL-Cardinal last season.

“We have stepped it up a little bit from what we were playing the last couple of years,” senior Peyton Clift said. “We’re pitching well, playing good defense and hitting the ball well.”

The Johnnies had 12 hits and picked up their fourth consecutive victory April 17 in a 12-6 win at Northridge. Clift doubled, singled and had two RBI, and Ty Helmke singled twice and drove in three. Parker Calhoun and Justin Walters both had two singles.

“Our approach at the plate has been a lot better,” Helmke said. “We come out looking for strikes and we’re ready to swing. We come ready to play and ready to win.”

Video •Johnstown senior Sydney Stefanick struck out 14 and tossed a two-hitter as the Johnnies defeated Northridge 2-0 on April 17.

Stefanick leading
softball team

Senior Sydney Stefanick led the softball team in the first half of the season.

Through 11 games, the Western Michigan signee was batting .472 with seven RBI and eight runs scored. She also was 7-3 with 94 strikeouts and a 1.17 ERA in 59 2/3 innings.

The Johnnies had won seven of 10 games and were 8-5 overall and 3-3 in the LCL-Cardinal after losing to Watkins Memorial 9-1 on April 19.

Stefanick tossed a two-hitter against Northridge in a 2-0 victory April 17. She struck out 14 and walked one.

“We have been playing fairly well, but we need to hit more consistently,” said Stefanick, whose team defeated Canal Winchester 11-1 in five innings April 18. “We are playing the best we have all year.”

Through 11 games, Abby Schaffer was batting .432 with six RBI and eight runs, and Haylee Frost was hitting .345 with five RBI and seven runs. Ali Arter had a .333 batting average with six RBI and three runs.

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