Members of the Groveport Madison High School softball team may have returned from a spring break trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C., with more than what they had when they left home.

Members of the Groveport Madison High School softball team may have returned from a spring break trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C., with more than what they had when they left home.

Coach Steven Cunningham hopes the crispness and confidence the Cruisers displayed in the five games they played between April 6 and April 10 continues for the remainder of the season.

Groveport went 4-1 on the trip and was 6-2 overall and 1-1 in the OCC-Ohio Division before playing Newark on April 13. The Cruisers' league game at Lancaster on April 2 was postponed and has been rescheduled for Tuesday, April 21.

"It was a great trip," Cunningham said. "We won some games against good competition, we worked hard, had a lot of contributors and everyone has a positive attitude. We gained confidence and momentum and now we need to carry it over up here."

Cunningham said that while the Cruisers played five games last week, teams stuck in Central Ohio had mostly rainouts.

"We got to play in some warm weather and got a bit comfortable," Cunningham said. "But if we get a bunch more rain or cold, that could backfire on us, as well."

Groveport defeated Fairfax (Va.) Paul VI Catholic 8-1 on April 6 as Emilee Downing pitched a four-hitter and the Cruisers scored six runs in the seventh inning. The next day, the Cruisers lost 8-5 to Ripley (W.Va.) as they made six errors behind pitcher Amanda Madsen in the only rain they played in all week.

Groveport rebounded to beat Berkeley Springs (W.Va.) 12-1 on April 8, pounding out 13 hits. The Cruisers had more 16 hits in a 6-2 win over Poca (W.Va.) on April 9 and capped their trip by beating Baldwinsville (N.Y.) Charles W. Baker 6-1 on April 10.

"I was very pleased with our pitching," Cunningham said. "When we lost Emilee to injury last season, we weren't sure how things would end up. But Amanda got experience and has really improved her control and velocity. She worked very hard in the offseason and is mentally prepared and more mature as a senior. That gives us some options."

Other than a 3-0 loss to Gahanna in an OCC-Ohio game March 31, the Cruisers have been hitting well, too, Cunningham said.

"We're moving the ball throughout the order," he said. "Makayla Bartzis is hitting over .400 in the leadoff spot and Katrayna Dansby has done a nice job moving runners at No. 2 and also had some clutch two-out hits. Jessica Rock and Emilee Downing are hitting very well, as expected, and I've been happy with Madsen and Cheyanne Turner at fifth and sixth. Sara Gockenbach has great wheels and has been solid in the nine hole."

Turner had a three-run home run in a 10-5 win over Watterson on April 1.

Baseball team gettingstrong pitching

The baseball team won its first three games but lost two games April 11 following an eight-day layoff.

Groveport was 3-2 overall before facing Grove City on April 13 in its OCC-Ohio opener.

"Our pitching has been very good," coach Dave Eft said. "Colin Bobo has been very good in both of his starts. Jacob Penwell and Tyron Mitchell also have been strong."

Groveport beat host Whitehall 21-0 in its opener March 30, as Bobo allowed one hit in the four-inning contest and the Cruisers had 12 hits. The next day, Groveport beat Whitehall 8-2 at home, with Penwell pitching the first five innings and the Cruisers scoring four runs in the bottom of the sixth.

Mitchell scattered six hits in a 6-0 win over Logan on April 2.

On April 11, the Cruisers lost to Richmond Edison 4-3 in eight innings in the first game and lost to host Johnstown 4-0 in the second game.

"We led Edison 3-0, but Colin tired a bit and they got a two-out RBI single to end the game," Eft said. "We had a double play call reversed and (Edison) scored twice in that inning after that. But our pitching hung tough. We just didn't get enough hits with runners on base in either game.

"We had guys on base most of the day against the best pitching we've seen to this point and we ran the bases well. We just didn't get timely hitting."

Eft said Jordan Spurling and Blake Snyder, the team's first two hitters in the batting order, have been hitting well and Jacob Horn has done a good job reaching base.

Tabor leads boys inStingel Invitational

Chris Tabor finished second in the high jump (6 feet, 2 inches) and fourth in the long jump (20-1/4) as the boys track and field team placed 12th (15) in the Stingel Invitational behind champion and host Pickerington North (113.5) on April 11.

The girls team finished last (1) of 14 teams in the Stingel Invitational, behind champion Gahanna (142). It scored its lone point with an eighth-place finish by the 800-meter relay of Daria Wansley, Reonna Harriston-Mitchell, Kevii Whitley and Miracle Summers (1 minute, 53.53 seconds).

Tennis team splitspair of matches

The boys tennis team defeated Central Crossing 3-2 in its season opener March 31, but lost its OCC-Ohio opener against Pickerington Central 5-0 on April 10.

The Crusiers' scheduled league opener at Gahanna on April 7 was postponed.

Winning against Central Crossing were Chris Royster (second singles), Caleb West (third singles) and Nick Shannon and Chris Salva (second doubles).