The Pickerington High School North softball team established through the first two weeks of the season that it had a potent offense.

The Pickerington High School North softball team established through the first two weeks of the season that it had a potent offense.

But in their first two losses, the Panthers gave up a combined 23 runs.

North was 2-2 overall and 1-1 in the OCC-Ohio Division entering the week.

The Panthers averaged nine runs through four games, led by a 15-3 rout of host Newark on April 4 in their OCC-Ohio opener. Catcher Shelby Baker hit a three-run home run in the seventh inning to cap a game in which the Panthers pounded out 14 hits and benefited from seven errors by the Wildcats.

It was Baker's second three-run homer in three days, although the first one came in an April 2 game against Hartley that was suspended in the third inning because of bad weather.

North's other win entering the week came in its season opener, 9-1 over Dublin Jerome on March 30.

The Panthers' losses came against Watkins Memorial (11-7 on April 2) and Lancaster (12-5 on April 6).

A scheduled April 8 home game against defending league champion Pickerington Central was postponed to April 12 because of bad weather.

Tigers seeking winning streak

Central's offense picked up where it left off last year, as it scored 38 runs in its first two wins of the season, but the Tigers still were 2-2 overall and 0-1 in the OCC-Ohio entering the week.

Central, which averaged 12.3 runs last season, defeated visiting Central Crossing 17-6 in its season opener March 28 and amassed 26 hits in a 21-7 win at Upper Arlington on April 5.

Against UA, Kallie Boren hit a solo home run, her first of the season after hitting 13 a year ago, in the sixth inning and the Tigers pulled away with 10 runs in the seventh. Central was held in check offensively in both of its losses through four games. The Tigers fell 6-2 at New Albany on March 30 and 2-1 at Lancaster in their league opener April 4.