Marysville High School softball coach Jennifer Segner-Maxwell was pleased with her team’s development as it looks to win the OCC-Central Division championship.

After winning three consecutive league titles, the Monarchs finished second (12-2) behind Hilliard Davidson (13-1) last season, but Segner-Maxwell believes her team is in position to recapture the championship.

The Monarchs were 4-0 in the OCC-Central before playing Davidson on Thursday, April 20, in the first of their two league meetings. The teams will meet again May 3 at Marysville.

Last season, the teams split their two games, with Davidson winning 11-5 and Marysville winning 7-3.

“The girls are in a good place, they’re getting confident,” Segner-Maxwell said. “They’re hitting the ball a lot better. … We’re playing relaxed.”

The Monarchs are 11-3 overall. They opened league play by defeating Westland 11-1 in five innings April 12, Central Crossing 3-0 on April 13, Dublin Coffman 10-0 in five innings April 17 and Upper Arlington 23-3 in five innings April 19.

Against Central Crossing, freshman Isabelle Shroyer went the distance in the circle, allowing five hits.

“It’s going to be a dogfight day in and day out,” Segner-Maxwell said of the league race. “Anybody can be beat on any given day, so you have to bring your ‘A’ game every day.”

Through 13 games, Shroyer was 6-1 with a 3.15 ERA, 29 strikeouts and eight walks in 39 2/3 innings.

Junior Airyanna Maurer has shared the pitching duties and was 4-2 with a 3.68 ERA, 52 strikeouts and 11 walks in 38 1/3 innings.

“I still have two pitchers that are pretty equal, so that’s nice to have,” Segner-Maxwell said.

Emily Daniel was hitting a team-high .576 with two home runs and nine RBI, and Elise Freeland was hitting .463 with eight RBI.

Chris Ortman was hitting .419, followed by Katelyn Russell (.415), Josie Reed (.368) and Madison Salyer (.368).

Hailey Christian led in RBI with 15, followed by Russell (14) and Reed (10).

Track teams win
Bellefontaine meet

The track and field teams swept the titles in the Chieftain Relays on April 13 at Bellefontaine.

The boys finished first (93 points) of eight teams ahead of runner-up Bellefontaine (86).

Emmanuel Belville, Deven Slabaugh, Luke Couchman and Jarret Braun won the 400-meter relay (44.5 seconds) and 800 sprint medley relay (1:37.18). Belleville, Couchman, Braun and Chris Lambert won the 1,600 relay (3:29.6).

The girls finished first (95) of eight teams ahead of second-place Delaware (80).

Celia Soller, Hunter Rivers, Julia Dickman and Jenna Rioch won the 800 sprint medley (1:53.65). Robin King, Emily Caltrider, Natalie Hiltscher and Jacquelyn Witt finished first in the distance medley relay (10:13.18), and King, Witt, Addy Miller-Brown and Morgan Forney won the 6,400 relay (23:30.23).

“It’s pretty exciting that the boys and girls won the meet,” coach J.B. Ritchie said.

Boys tennis team
earns first win

The boys tennis team earned its first win of the season, defeating Marion Harding 4-1 on April 19.

Winners were Haden Fluharty 7-5, 6-2 at first singles, Tony Martin 6-2, 6-0 at second singles, David Sanders 6-1, 6-1 at third singles and Alexander Seiltz and Joel Sheeley 6-3, 6-4 at second doubles.

The Monarchs are 1-7 overall and 0-2 in the OCC-Central as they prepare to play Davidson on Thursday, April 20.

“We lost a close one to Jonathan Alder (3-2 on April 5) and had to postpone three other potentially competitive matches (Columbus West, Westerville Central and Central Crossing) due to weather,” coach Brian Ash said. “We should see our record even out a bit as we make those up in the coming weeks. We still have to face extremely tough opponents like Davidson.

“Despite that, my team is keeping their heads up and enjoying the matches. They’re a great group of kids and we’re tightly knit.”