Sometimes an unexpected break can be a good thing.
Sometimes an unexpected break can be a good thing.
Now isn't one of those times for the Watkins Memorial High School baseball team.
The Warriors, who were 5-0 overall and 3-0 in the LCL before their scheduled game April 10 at Licking Heights, probably would be willing to play on flooded fields if it meant their strong start to the season would remain intact.
"We could use boats right now," coach Donnie Schone said April 8 after the Warriors' LCL game against Licking Valley was postponed because of rain. "By the end of this week, if things keep going like they are, it could be awhile before we play again. That's a shame because we want to keep getting after it."
The Warriors' LCL game against visiting Johnstown on April 6 was brought to a halt by rain. The contest, which was suspended in the bottom of the seventh inning with the score tied at 3, will be completed before the teams meet in the second round of league play April 27 at Johnstown.
"We've gotten very good pitching, as expected, and we've had some timely hitting," Schone said. "We began the season not knowing how good our hitting would be since we lost a lot of offensive punch (to graduation), but we're doing better than expected.
"Doug Connor is hitting well, Derek Morris is swinging the bat well and Cameron Johnson is getting on base a lot. We've got a lot of guys contributing."
Chandler Day was the starting pitcher against host Lakewood in the season and LCL opener March 30, and the Warriors scored four runs in the top of the sixth inning to pull out a 5-2 win. The next day, Kyle Gannon was on the mound in a 5-0 league victory over host Newark Catholic.
Watkins Memorial overcame six errors to beat Heath 9-5 on April 1 in its home opener.
"Other than the Heath game, our defense has been sharp overall," Schone said. "The key now is that once you've been outside for a bit, to go back to indoor practice is difficult. But we'll try to change things up, keep the boys loose and the practices light. We'll get into the weight room some and get our swings in. We could always play intraquad scrimmages indoors to stay competitive and make sure we get our individual workouts in."
Watkins Memorial swept a doubleheader at Hamilton Township on April 4, winning 5-2 and 8-4 and using four pitchers in each game.
In the first game, Corey Hare worked two hitless innings in relief to earn the win and Curtis Kurto picked up the save. Johnson had two singles and Morris had a single and a double.
In the second game, Johnson pitched the final two innings for the win and hit a double. Morris and Connor both had two singles.Softball team waitingfor offense to click
The softball team is waiting for the middle of its lineup to start hitting.
"We're using our strengths -- solid defense and speed on the bases -- and our team scrappiness," coach Mike Jellison said. "We don't have a pitcher who is going to throw it by hitters consistently, so we need our defense. Lexi Denison has been great at first base and might be the best first baseman in the (LCL). She has already saved a bunch of errors with throws made at her feet.
"When we face teams who throw it well, like Lakewood, Granville, Johnstown and Licking Valley, we're going to need some timely hitting. Right now, we're waiting on the middle of our lineup to start hitting well. We've done well at the top (of the batting order) with Baylee Small and Devon Atchison."
After games against Newark and Piqua on March 28 were postponed, Watkins Memorial opened March 30 with a 10-0, five-inning league loss at Lakewood. The Warriors were limited to one hit.
Watkins Memorial reb-ounded to defeat Newark Catholic 16-4 in five innings March 31 and Heath 8-5 on April 1 in LCL contests. Then on April 6, the Warriors rallied from a 7-0 deficit to tie Johnstown, only to see the Johnnies score six runs in the top of the seventh inning during a pouring rain to win 13-7.
Small had a double and Kelli Wright had two singles to lead the Warriors, who fell to 2-2 overall and in the LCL with the loss to Johnstown.
"We got timely hits against Heath and played pretty well," Jellison said. "We had four or five two-out RBI. The Johnstown game got pretty sloppy. We only had a few hits in our seven-run (sixth inning) because the rain made it difficult for the pitchers to control the ball and for the fielders to make throws."Track teams areoff and running
The track and field teams swept the titles in the Jack Lintz Invitational on April 4 at Clayton Northmont and swept Lancaster in a dual meet April 7.
The boys team scored 153 points in the 12-team Jack Lintz Invitational to finish well ahead of runner-up Dayton Carroll (86) and beat Lancaster 73-64.
In the Jack Lintz Invitational, Andrew Jordan set meet records while winning the 1,600 meters (4 minutes, 37.37 seconds) and the 5,000 (15:19.29). The time in the 5,000 also broke the Warriors' program record.
Bobby Broomfield won the high jump (6 feet, 1 inch) and teamed with Evan Caniff, Tyler Culpepper and Solomon Broomfield to win the 800 relay (1:32.09). The 1,600 relay of Desmond Melson, Jake Correll, Gerick Brewer and Chance Abbitt also won (3:27.61).
Against Lancaster, Brewer won both the 110 hurdles (15.7) and 300 hurdles (40.9) to lead the Warriors, who won 10 events.
The girls team scored 189 points to cruise to the title in the Jack Lintz Invitational, finishing well ahead of runner-up Northmont (82), and beat Lancaster 81-55.
Kara Robinson won both the 100 hurdles (15.49) and 300 hurdles (46.67). Also finishing first were Nicole Holtz in the long jump (15-7 1/2), Samantha Hyme in the 800 (2:25.47), Rachael Schoenberger in the 1,600 (5:36.7), Josie Woosley in the 5,000 (18:21), the 800 relay of Robinson, McKenzie Biniker, Tomea Abbitt and Stori Davis (1:52.18), the 1,600 relay of Abbitt, Robinson, Biniker and Kelsey Grove (4:23.78) and the 3,200 relay of Claire Snode, Holtz, Chloe Cortes and Hyme (10:33.96).
Against Lancaster, Rachel Lawwell won the 100 (12.7) and 200 (27.5) and Woosley won the 400 (1:00.6) and 800 (2:37).