The district tournament draw is days away and the Reynoldsburg High School baseball team still is unsure how good it is.

The district tournament draw is days away and the Reynoldsburg High School baseball team still is unsure how good it is.

The Raiders have had several games postponed or canceled because of bad weather.

"We are allowed 27 games and by now we should have played around 20 games," said coach Rob Gravatt, whose team had played 13 games entering this week. "There will be a lot of surprises in the tournament because when it starts you won't know who the best teams are. It will be exciting."

Central District coaches meet Sunday, May 1, to determine seeds and brackets for Division I tournament play.

In the meantime, the Raiders hope to get things sorted out on the field. Lately, they've been specializing in close games in OCC-Ohio Division play.

The Raiders lost to Pickerington North 4-3 in eight innings on April 13, defeated Newark 11-10 on April 14 and scored six runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to beat North 13-12 on April 15. Reynoldsburg then beat Lancaster 8-7 on April 18 and lost to Grove City 10-5 on April 21.

Through 13 games, J.C. Gibson (.465 average) and four other players (Mike Castro, Nick Hedrick, Jon Sheline and Taylor Snare) were batting .400 or better.

Gibson also had three home runs and 17 RBI.

Castro went 4-for-7 last week to raise his batting average to .400.

The Raiders' team batting average was up to .370, and they were averaging eight runs per game.

The players have high expectations and aren't happy with their performance to date.

Snare, a senior captain, went 7-for-11 in a recent three-game stretch and also delivered the winning hit in the second game against North, handing the Panthers their first league loss.

"I'm not satisfied with a 6-7 start. I think we can do more," Snare said. "Too many times we've beat ourselves instead of the other teams beating us."

He said the bad weather isn't an excuse.

"We saw in the win over Pickerington North that we can score runs on anyone," Snare said. "We need to keep our heads up when we're down in games, hit the ball and score runs."

Junior first baseman Jeff Murray hit a grand slam in the first inning against Lancaster.

"Like every other school in the area, we just want to get reps outside," Murray said. "We've just got to watch our mental side of the game and keep everyone's head level. We all have to stay even and not get too high or too low."

The Raiders entered this week with 10 games remaining on the regular-season schedule, including seven league games.

"Everybody in central Ohio is in this position. We've just got to be mentally tough," Gravatt said. "It will eventually stop raining, but that could be in July."