It's been all or nothing for the Watkins Memorial High School softball team's offense this season.

It's been all or nothing for the Watkins Memorial High School softball team's offense this season.

The Warriors were among central Ohio's team leaders with nine home runs through 10 games. They also had been shut out four times, including three consecutive games before losing 10-5 to Big Walnut in an OCC-Capital Division game on April 20.

"It's been a struggle at times, that's for sure," coach Tammy Ulrich said. "The weather has limited us some, and you don't face live pitching when you're stuck in the gym for practice. The schedule we're playing is pretty tough, too. I was looking at the first state polls of the season, and we've played some of the top teams."

The Warriors dropped their opener 16-0 on March 28 against Liberty Union, which is ranked fourth in the Division III state poll. They also lost 13-0 on April 15 to Hartley, which is fifth in Division II. Hilliard Bradley, which beat the Warriors 15-0 on April 18, is tied with three-time defending state champion Lakewood for third in the latest Division II district coaches poll.

And while the Warriors have hit their share of home runs, their pitchers also have given them up.

Big Walnut hit two in its victory after the Warriors hit five to win the first game against the Eagles 10-9 on April 5 as eight of Watkins Memorial's runs came on homers. With Bradley leading 2-0, Kellie Roudabush hit a two-run homer to help key an eight-run rally in the second inning.

"Offense has definitely been a roller-coaster ride for us so far," Ulrich said.

Through 10 games, first baseman Alli Martie led the Warriors in both batting average (.364) and on-base percentage (.548) while hitting in the leadoff spot. She had drawn seven walks, also a team best. Third baseman Danielle Grasso was hitting .348 and led the team with a .696 slugging percentage, which prompted Ulrich to move her from fifth to third in the batting order for the second Big Walnut game. Center fielder Alehna Schumacher, who usually hits eighth or ninth, was batting .318 overall and .429 with runners in scoring position.

Brynna Pack had hit three of the home runs while Elizabeth Rich and Christina Christian had two each. The other home runs came from Grasso and Schumacher.

"The season feels like it's coming to a close, but we're only 10 games in," Ulrich said after the second Big Walnut game.

"I was telling the girls that just tonight. There's still a lot of ball to play."