Westerville Central High School softball coach Ashleigh Katzenmoyer is beginning to see positive results from the youth movement she instilled.

Westerville Central High School softball coach Ashleigh Katzenmoyer is beginning to see positive results from the youth movement she instilled.

"We're not really focusing on a team," senior Jackie Broyles said. "We're focusing on just winning and having a positive attitude. We want to have fun and whenever we just have fun and keep our heads up usually that's when we win."

Central will look to avenge a 10-4 loss to Olentangy Liberty on April 17 when the teams play Monday at Central. The Warhawks will cap a busy stretch when they play host to Olentangy on Wednesday.

North completed a season sweep of the Warhawks by beating Central 10-0 in five innings last Friday at North.

"A lot of those girls are friends," Broyles said of the North players. "We play on summer ball teams with them. That was really difficult, but it really makes us push harder after feeling that."

"Any game in the league is going to be an interesting game," Katzenmoyer said. "On our end, it's one inning that killed us and that's what we have to start controlling more."

The young players played a key role in a 10-0 five-inning win over Dublin Jerome on April 23. Sophomore Allison Cody threw her first no-hitter and hit her first home run.

Senior Dara Toman also had a home run.

Through 16 games, Central's other OCC-Cardinal Division win was over Dublin Scioto 12-1 in six innings April 16.

The Warhawks lost a pair of games in the Stellar Classic last Saturday at Ohio State to Madison Plains 2-1 and New Riegel 7-5. Broyles said a team-only meeting was held during the return trip to Central in hopes of playing more consistent softball.

"We decided that was it," Broyles said. "Our losing streak is not going to go on any further. We decided we need to work a little bit harder and get things done."

Broyles is winding down her career at Central, but likes the direction of the program.

"(Katzenmoyer) is really bringing some new things to the table and opening some opportunities for a lot of different girls, which is showing how versatile our team is and how every girl brings something different to plate," she said.

Through 13 games, Toman was batting .438 followed by Andi Lowe (.412), Cody (.389), Brooke Colbert (.375) and Andi Hayes (.367).

"We're not that consistent yet, but in the same sense I start four freshmen," Katzenmoyer said. "With that it's a roller-coaster effect. We have two seniors (Broyles and Toman) that have really stepped it up for us. Looking at it, we're young at every other position. They're still trying to learn how to mesh together and trying to learn. With that, you get your ups and downs, and it's that roller coaster effect, which is never fun. Right now it's coming down to team chemistry."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedule for the Central softball team:

*April 23 -- Defeated Dublin Jerome 10-0

*Last Friday -- Lost to North 10-0

Last Saturday -- Lost to Madison Plains 2-1; lost to New Riegel 7-5 in Stellar Classic

*Last Monday -- Lost to Marysville 11-2

*Last Wednesday -- Played Dublin Scioto

*Today -- Home vs. South

*Monday -- Home vs. Liberty

*Tuesday -- Home vs. Olentangy

*Wednesday -- At Jerome

Of note: The Warhawks were 6-11 overall and 2-5 in the OCC-Cardinal before last Wednesday.

*OCC-Cardinal game