Hannah Scott makes sure everyone is on the same page for the Central Crossing High School softball team, on and off the field.
The senior catcher is a four-year starter, making her a vital leader for the Comets.
“A lot of my teammates call me the mom of the group,” Scott said. “I’m really loud and I’m positive. I tell (my teammates) what they need to be doing and what they need to do next. I help organize them and pick them up when they are down.”
Her maternal instincts have been working well this season, as the second-seeded Comets were 18-4 before playing 37th-seeded Westerville South at home May 9 in the second round of the Division I district tournament.
The winner plays 18th-seeded Reynoldsburg or 22nd-seeded Olentangy Liberty in a district semifinal Monday, May 14, at a neutral site to be determined. The district final is May 18 or 19 at Pickerington Central.
Coach Rona Dorsey said Scott not only orchestrates the defense, but calls the pitches for Emily Gant, last season’s district Player of the Year. This season through 22 games, Gant was 16-3 with a 0.46 ERA, 282 strikeouts and 12 walks in 121 2/3 innings.
“I never believe that it’s just a pitcher,” Dorsey said. “Hannah calls her own game. We’ll talk about tendencies and what’s working, but she’s the one who makes the calls.
“She’s out there on the field and she has a familiarity with Emily and what the batters are doing. She reads the batters well and makes in-game adjustments. That kind of familiarity helps make the pitcher better and it makes the catcher better as well.”
Gant said she and Scott are in sync in terms of figuring out how to shut down opposing batters.
“Hannah knows the teams we play, and she knows my pitches,” Gant said. “She started catching me in my freshman year and (Dorsey) called the pitches then, but Hannah started calling my games last year. She knows how I pitch.”
Scott started playing T-ball as a 4-year-old before moving to baseball. She started playing softball as a fourth-grader and pitched until her eighth-grade season.
“I started catching in eighth grade,” said Scott, who also occasionally plays first base for the Comets.
“Pitching just wasn’t my thing anymore and I switched to catching because it wouldn’t be super-duper difficult to pick up after knowing the pitching side already. Being a good pitcher is very time consuming and I wanted to be able to concentrate on my studies so I could get into a good college.”
Scott has a 4.76 GPA and plans to major in biological sciences as part of a pre-med curriculum at the University of Alabama.
“I won’t play softball in college because I want to focus on academics and work toward med school,” said Scott, who was batting .301 with one home run and 21 RBI through 22 games with a .997 fielding percentage. “It was between Ohio State and Alabama, and I will have a better opportunity for research in my freshman year. I want to get (into the) career field of oncology (the study or treatment of tumors), so research is something that is heavy into that.
“I always wanted to get into medicine and then later it was pediatrics. Pediatric oncology is one area where you can have a big impact on families and kids. Adults, they can make their own decisions concerning treatment, and you can’t do that as kids. I want to be able to be an advocate for kids.”
Her maternal instincts will last long after the softball season concludes.
Track teams prep for league meet, district
The boys and girls track and field teams compete in the OCC-Central Division meet Thursday, May 10, and Saturday, May 12, at Dublin Coffman.
The Comets then compete in the Division I, district 2 meet Tuesday, May, 15, Wednesday, May 16, and May 19 at Hilliard Darby. The top four finishers in each event advance to district May 23 and 25 Pickerington North.
The boys were runners-up (93) in the five-team Teays Valley Kiwanis Invitational on May 5 behind the host Vikings (142.5). Luis Bolanos-Cruz won the discus (155 feet, 9 inches) and shot put (51-6), and C.J. Patrick won the 800 meters (2 minutes, 4.12 seconds).
Jerry Erwin, Anthony Lowe, Erik Woodfork and A.J. Farmer finished first in the 800 relay (1:40.3).
The girls were third (76) behind Teays Valley (142) and Canal Winchester (79) as Abriana Mann won the 200 (28.07) and 300 hurdles (49.73) and Zoey Calafatis won the 3,200 (14:41.54).
Ronevich pitches 1-hitter in baseball
Tyler Ronevich tossed a one-hitter as the 35th-seeded baseball team upset 25th-seeded host Thomas Worthington 2-0 on May 7 in the first round of the Division I district tournament.
The sophomore left-hander struck out four and did not issue a walk as the Comets improved to 9-12 overall.
Drew DeYarmon hit a solo home run.
“I wanted to work ahead and make them hit my pitch instead of their pitch,” Ronevich said. “I try to get strikeouts but I was trusting my defense. They were playing well behind me.”
Central Crossing advanced to play May 9 at 23rd-seeded Olentangy Orange, and that winner advanced to a district semifinal Tuesday, May 15, at a neutral site to be determined against top-seeded Liberty or 31st-seeded Westerville North.
The district final is May 17 at a neutral site to be determined.
The Comets were 4-10 in the OCC-Central and on a four-game winning streak before playing Westland on May 8.
Austin Woods had a double, two singles and six RBI as the Comets started the winning streak with a 9-3 league victory over Coffman on May 2. Ronevich doubled and singled, and Mannee Wells had two singles.
Central Crossing also swept Delaware 8-4 and 9-7 on May 5.
Boys tennis team to play at sectional
The boys tennis team plays in a Division I sectional tournament Thursday, May 10, and Saturday, May 12, at Upper Arlington.
The top four finishers in singles and doubles advance to district May 17 at Hilliard Bradley and May 19 at UA.
Jason Pauquette, Ethan Wright and Owen Yoakum will play singles at sectional. The doubles teams will be Tyler Moore and Peter Semchishin and Johnny Romanov and Stephen Semchishin.