Members of the Watkins Memorial High School softball team have been stuck looking for the silver lining this season.

Members of the Watkins Memorial High School softball team have been stuck looking for the silver lining this season.

"They're frustrated, obviously, because nobody wants to be 1-16 or whatever," coach Tammy Ulrich said. "But it is what it is, and this is high school softball. It's about having fun, being with your friends and doing something you enjoy."

The season began with such promise, as the Warriors defeated Utica 10-7 in their opener on March 26. A month later, they were just 1-16 overall and still winless in the OCC-Capital Division at 0-10 before playing first-place Olentangy Orange on April 26.

"We just haven't been able to put everything together at the same time," Ulrich said. "Either our pitching hasn't been there or our hitting hasn't been there or our fielding hasn't been there. We're just trying to put it all together."

The Warriors' youth and inexperience have played a role with the challenging spring.

"Both of our pitchers (Shanna Cashdollar and Megan White) are sophomores and so is our catcher (Kaitlyn Snider)," Ulrich said. "We've got a freshman (Devon Atchison) at second base, too. We're a very young team and play a lot of underclassmen.

"It's a building year, although I hate to call it that because our expectations were higher. But we can use this to drive the girls in the offseason."

First things first, however. The Warriors still have four regular-season games remaining. The stretch run begins against visiting Mount Vernon on Monday, April 30. At least one postseason game will be played as well.

"From here we just need to work on cleaning up some of the little things," Ulrich said. "We need to make the routine plays (defensively) and put the ball in play (offensively)."

Offense, especially, has been a troublesome area. Still, Ulrich said Atchison, Snider, (junior shortstop) Brynna Pack and (junior center fielder)

Amanda Phillips all were batting over .300 through 15 games. Pack had three hits and two RBI in a 14-5 OCC-Capital loss to New Albany on April 23.

"The good thing is the girls have kept their heads up," Ulrich said.

Boys tennis team on winning streak

The boys tennis team's postseason lineup is taking shape.

Coach Shawn Walter said last week that Austin Williams, Justin Thomas and Leon Schroeder will play singles in the Division I sectional tournament, which will be held May 10 and 12, and that Dylan Clear and Maxwell Nader would be paired together for one of the doubles spots.

"But we're still trying to figure out who will play with Brent (Culbertson) on the other doubles team," Walter said.

Schroeder emerged in recent weeks as the team's third-singles player and won four of his first seven matches, including a victory as the Warriors defeated Central Crossing 5-0 on April 23. He also posted a win on the second court during a 4-1 OCC-Capital victory over Mount Vernon on April 17.

Clear and Nader have been the constants in an evolving lineup. They have formed the first-doubles pairing all spring for the Warriors, who had won seven in a row and were 8-5 overall and 3-3 in the league after defeating Hilliard Bradley 3-2 on April 26. Against the Jaguars, Clear and

Nader won their eighth match.

"They've had a lot of time together over the past couple of years," Walter said. "They're playing well. Unfortunately, a lot of schools pair up their top two singles players for doubles in the tournament. They'll play together as a true doubles team."

Baseball team falls off pace in OCC race

Although not mathematically eliminated, a 13-12 loss in 10 innings to Orange on April 24 in a game that had been suspended by darkness four days earlier likely ended the baseball team's bid to win at least a share of the OCC-Capital title.

The Warriors are 9-9 overall and 5-5 in the OCC-Capital despite coming back to defeat Mount Vernon 12-5 on April 25. Big Walnut, which last week took both games from defending-champion New Albany by a combined three runs, and Orange both were 8-2 in the league before playing Mount Vernon and Bradley, respectively, on April 27.

The Warriors did their best to stay in the race. Tony Winters struck out 17 and Steve Huber singled home Reno Reda with the decisive run in the eighth inning during a 2-1 victory over Mount Vernon on April 23. Luke Rice and Steve Asbury both hit home runs in the second game against the Yellow Jackets.