With the regular season almost to the halfway point, the Reynoldsburg High School baseball team is choosing to look on the bright side.

With the regular season almost to the halfway point, the Reynoldsburg High School baseball team is choosing to look on the bright side.

The Raiders lost to Pickerington North 14-6 in an OCC-Ohio Division game April 16 to drop to 3-8 overall and 1-5 in league play. North also beat Reynoldsburg 7-3 on April 13.

Despite their record, the Raiders think they are on the right track. Coach Rob Gravatt has settled on a regular lineup and has identified the pitching rotation.

"We are coming together," he said. "We want them to approach the game as not worrying about the big things but taking care of the little things, keeping their head in the game, not making mistakes and doing a good job defensively. If we take care of the little things, the big things will take care of themselves."

With six new starters this season, the Raiders realized there would be growing pains. They start three seniors, four juniors, one sophomore and one freshman.

The returning starters are seniors Jeff Murray (DH) and Ryan Shaw (3B) and junior catcher Nick Hedrick. Shaw started at shortstop last season and Murray, normally a first baseman, is coming off knee surgery and can't play in the field.

Junior Colton McCroskey has been playing first base in place of Murray.

The top three in the pitching rotation are Shaw, Hedrick and sophomore Alex Core.

Junior Jeremy Williams has been starting in center field and is working his way back into the pitching mix as he recovers from an elbow injury, believes the team is coming around.

"(Freshman right fielder) Tanner Thomas has taken hold of the leadoff role and (senior) Kody Herring is playing good at shortstop since Ryan Shaw moved to third base," Williams said. "Offensively, we've all got to be more aggressive, we've got to swing at strikes and be strong. Defensively, we can't let the big inning get to us like it has sometimes this year."

Junior left fielder Tre Rowe also said the Raiders have been improving since losing six of their first seven.

"The pitching is there for us and the fielding is there, we just need to start hitting the ball and generating runs," Rowe said. "The defense is really coming around. We're not making the simple errors like we did in the first couple of games."

Reynoldsburg lost to Newark 7-6 on April 9, defeated Centennial 6-5 on April 10 and beat Newark 17-6 on April 11 before losing to North on April 13. In those four games, the Raiders committed six errors. In the first six games, they committed 25 errors.

"What we're doing now is building chemistry, getting it together," sophomore second baseman Hunter Steele said. "At the beginning of the season we started slow, and now we're starting to come together as a team.

"Now, we've got to keep hitting more and make less errors and start winning some games, especially some OCC games."

Gravatt also said senior Justin Corcoran soon could be cleared to play. He had not played in the Raiders' first 10 games because of an ankle injury.

"The offense is coming around," Gravatt said. "We've just got to go up there and know that every pitch is going to be in the (strike) zone and hit, hit, hit."

The Raiders will wear pink uniforms during a May 1 non-league home game against Canal Winchester. They will donate all proceeds from a 50-50 raffle to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.