The Canal Winchester High School boys tennis program has been resurrected after not fielding a team the past four seasons because of low interest.

The Canal Winchester High School boys tennis program has been resurrected after not fielding a team the past four seasons because of low interest.

Jason Moisey coached the Indians in their first five seasons and has returned to the position.

Canal Winchester opened March 31 with a 4-1 victory over Hartley before losing to Teays Valley 5-0 on April 8. The Indians faced Dublin Scioto in their OCC-Cardinal Division opener April 13 and had another league match April 14 against Westerville Central.

The Indians' OCC-Cardinal matches against defending league champion Westerville South on April 7 and Westerville North on April 9 were postponed.

"I'm really excited that we have a boys tennis team again at Canal Winchester," Moisey said. "One of our seniors, Andrew Ornsburn, kept coming to our tennis club and asking if we were going to have a team this year, and he helped us get the word out there when our athletics director (Kent Riggs) decided to hold tryouts to see how much interest there was. We had 20 boys sign up and eight of them showed up for tryouts, which was enough to give us a full varsity team."

Ornsburn, senior Aaron Graber and junior Kevin Karn are playing singles, and playing doubles are seniors Tristan Daniels, Cade Gayagey and Zach Lewis and sophomores Alec Ugrinov and Ryan Warner.

"Our players aren't very experienced at all," Moisey said. "Some of them didn't know how set scoring works, where to stand or the fundamentals of how to hit the ball. But this is a very athletic group and their hand-eye coordination is better than we've had with some of our past teams. A lot of these kids play other sports such as soccer, so they already know how to compete."

This is the first season in which the Indians are competing in the OCC-Cardinal. They were in the MSL-Buckeye when they last competed in 2010.

"It was nice beating Hartley in our first match and we hope to get more wins," Moisey said. "I have no idea how competitive we'll be in the OCC because I don't know what the other teams look like yet. This season isn't all about wins and losses. I'm just trying to teach them the game and get them matches so they can gain some experience and have some fun."

Softball team lookingto cut down on errors

The softball team continued to struggle in the field last week while competing in Orlando, Fla.

Canal Winchester had two errors in a 7-5 loss to Louisville (Ky.) duPont Manual and made three in a 9-7 victory over Hempstead (N.Y.) Sacred Heart Academy. Both games were played April 7.

The Indians overcame five errors in a 8-1 win over Hasbrouck Heights (N.J.) and made two in a 5-3 loss to Edison (N.J.) John P. Stevens on April 8.

Canal Winchester improved to 3-4 overall with a 12-8 win over Mount Washington (Ky.) Bullitt East on April 10. The Indians played Hilliard Bradley in their OCC-Cardinal opener April 13 and had league games April 14 against Hilliard Darby and April 15 against Dublin Jerome.

"We're beating ourselves by making too many errors," coach Randy Hinton said. "Most of our errors seem to happen when there are a lot of runners on base and we've been giving up three or four unearned runs in most of our games.

"The frustrating thing is we have almost our entire team back from last year, so I expected our defense to be a strength."

Carly Favorito was the winning pitcher against Sacred Heart Academy and Hasbrouck Heights, and Emily Bryant hit a walk-off, two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning against Sacred Heart Academy.

"Our pitching has been good and we're scoring enough runs to win more games," Hinton said. "Bailee Faulkner has been our top hitter, followed by Kasey Wentzel and Jenna Carlisle."

The Indians will play host to defending OCC-Cardinal champion Westerville Central on Thursday, April 16, before traveling to Westerville North on Friday, April 17, for another league contest.

"We're playing five league games in five days this week, which is daunting, especially since Westerville Central is one of those games," Hinton said. "We've had the opportunity to play and practice outside more than the teams that stayed in Columbus (last week), so that's a positive. We just need to play better defense to give ourselves a chance to win our league games."

Baseball team winsfirst two OCC games

The baseball team went 3-0 last week and was 4-2 overall and 2-0 in the OCC-Cardinal before playing Westerville Central on April 13 and Darby on April 15.

The Indians went 2-0 on April 11, beating Westerville South 6-3 in a league game and Briggs 12-0 in five innings.

Against South, Je'Len Olbrantz was the winning pitcher and Austin Trace drove in the winning run with a three-run home run in the bottom of the fourth. Against Briggs, Brady Balsimo pitched a one-hitter.

The Indians also defeated Westerville South 13-10 in a league game April 6. Hunter McDonough was the winning pitcher.