The Grove City High School softball team appears to have everything in place.

The Grove City High School softball team appears to have everything in place.

The Greyhounds return all but one player from last year's team, which was 28-4 overall and won the OCC-Buckeye Division at 9-1 on the way to winning Division I district and regional championships.

But if there's one thing the players are making an effort to guard against, it's worrying about a return trip to the state tournament.

"If we worry about the end, we won't do the little things that we need to do," said senior catcher Courtney Coleman, whose team will open Tuesday at home against Groveport and Wednesday at Lancaster. "And those things little things will add up."

The Greyhounds lost to North Canton Hoover 3-0 last year in a state semifinal. They defeated Lebanon 3-1 in a regional final and Teays Valley 2-1 in a district final. The Greyhounds trailed in the district final, needing a home run in the sixth inning by Coleman to take the lead.

"Without one play, we don't make it out of the district last year," 10th-year coach Ted Williams said. "One play and we're sitting at home."

The pitcher for the third consecutive year will be junior Paige Myers, who was 25-1 last year with a 0.15 ERA and 352 strikeouts in 183 innings. She made first-team all-state.

Also returning are sophomore Taryn Allmon (OF), who led the Greyhounds at .402, as well as senior Erin Galloway (2B), who batted leadoff and had a .317 average. Coleman provided the power with three home runs.

Another reason for the optimism is the return of juniors Katie Yoho (SS) and Kelli Zuefle (1B). They were move-ins last year and now with a season under their belts the chemistry is a lot tighter. Yoho was second on the team in hitting last year with a .323 average.

"In the scrimmages last year we weren't used to each other," said senior Rachel Fraser, who returns to center field.

"This year it's like we're getting a head start."

Also on the team are senior Michelle Becker, juniors Lindsey Lykins and Maci Haughn (3B), sophomores Kaitlyn Baldago, Lauren Stewart, Kristen Uhrin and Taylor Webb and freshman Amber Bova.

Grove City won the OCC-Buckeye last year ahead of Dublin Coffman (7-3), Upper Arlington (6-4), Hilliard Davidson (6-4), Reynoldsburg (2-8) and Westerville North (2-8). This season the Greyhounds are in the OCC-Ohio with Gahanna, Groveport, Newark, Lancaster, Pickerington Central, Pickerington North and Reynoldsburg. Gahanna was a district runner-up last year.

The expectations have been hard to ignore during the preseason, but players are doing their best to try to block it out.

"(Williams) never talks about it," said Galloway, who has signed with Oakland (Mich.). "I just try not to listen to it."

At a glance

•Coach: Ted Williams, 10th season

•Opener: Tuesday vs. Groveport

•Key returnees: Taryn Allmon, Courtney Coleman, Erin Galloway, Paige Myers and Katie Yoho