The Whetstone High School baseball team had a productive trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C., during spring break, playing five games in three days, only to have its progress interrupted by the weather upon returning home.

The Whetstone High School baseball team had a productive trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C., during spring break, playing five games in three days, only to have its progress interrupted by the weather upon returning home.

"It was a very productive trip and we learned a lot of things and gained great unity," coach Tim Broskie said. "Although we went 1-4 in Myrtle Beach, I was pleased with our competitiveness against some good competition. We found ways to compete. Our hitting was solid and our pitching was OK, although it was a little inconsistent. But that's why it's good to get the early work in, with good weather."

The Braves were 4-4 overall and 2-0 in the City League-North Division entering the week. They had a pair of non-league games postponed, one by weather and another to accommodate a league makeup against Northland on April 12.

"I'd like to reschedule some of our non-league games, like the one against Groveport (April 12)," Broskie said. "We like to play non-league games because we get tested more than in most of our league games."

Whetstone was outscored 32-25 in its five games during spring break in late March, with the worst loss being 14-9 to Chesterfield (S.C.) on March 28. In three contests against area teams, the Braves beat Marion-Franklin 10-0 on March 26, East 18-0 on April 5 and Linden-McKinley 19-2 on April 6.

Seniors Sam Price (.536 batting average, 10 runs scored, 8 RBI), Zach Barnum (.440, 12 runs, 6 RBI) and Nick Hall (.435, 11 runs) and junior Jack Staggs (.450) led Whetstone's offensive production through eight games.

Weather not helping young softball team

The weather hasn't done much to help the young softball team.

The Braves, who have been starting four freshmen, had five games postponed because of bad weather in the first two weeks of the season but were 2-2 overall and 2-0 in the City-North entering a game against Beechcroft on April 11.

"We're missing out on learning opportunities and, when you have a young team, you need all the innings you can get to have (the players) recognize situations and get comfortable playing on varsity," coach Larry Peck said. "They need to get to where they can feel the game slowing down on them.

"The good news is that they're already on an upward trajectory. We've got athletes and their softball IQ will be through the roof by the end of the season."

Whetstone opened April 2, losing to host Dublin Scioto 11-0 and Westland 12-1. Still, Peck said the Braves played much better in those games than they did in their first scrimmage, which they lost to Watkins Memorial 29-1 and "made every mistake imaginable."

Whetstone defeated East 17-0 on April 5 and beat Linden-McKinley 14-2 the following day in a pair of league games.

"They've shown their resilience after the first scrimmage and the opening-day doubleheader loss," Peck said. "We've got good chemistry and, the more I see of Bailey Waitkus pitching, the more I like it. Of course, it's tough to move her off shortstop, but freshman Roz Hannah has done well there and (freshman) Jolie Mason has done well at second base. With Ila Boley back in center field and Savannah Stuver back behind the plate, we're strong up the middle."

Tennis team defeats Linden in opener

The boys tennis team lost a total of five games in a 5-0 victory over host Linden in its season and City-North opening match April 4.

Winfield Slocum won 6-1, 6-1 at first singles and Brent Buterbaugh and Armando Prince won 6-1, 6-0 at second and third singles, respectively. Eoghan Dempsey and Atticus Bulgrin won 6-0, 6-1 at first doubles and Kalman Buterbaugh and Chin McCollum won 6-0, 6-0 at second doubles.

The Braves' league match against Centennial on April 6 was postponed.