The Westerville Central High School softball team turned in a dominating performance while playing on Warhawk Field, defeating Cardington 15-0 on April 21.

The Westerville Central High School softball team turned in a dominating performance while playing on Warhawk Field, defeating Cardington 15-0 on April 21.

Playing under the lights on a softball field set up on the home of the school's football team, the Warhawks needed just five innings to beat the Pirates.

Central entered the week having won five of six games to stay in the OCC-Cardinal Division race.

"I told the girls that we can't worry about anything else. Everything will fall into place," coach Brian Wamsley said. "We just have to keep winning."

Against Cardington, Andi Hayes and Andi Lowe had three hits apiece, and Allie Cody homered in the first inning.

"This was a lot of fun," Cody said of playing on the football field. "This brought up our energy because it's something we've never done before."

The game was part of Strike Out Cancer Awareness Night at Central. Players from both teams wore pink T-shirts and organizers said that about $2,000 was raised for the American Cancer Society.

Through 15 games, Cody led the team with a .500 average. She also had a team-high seven home runs and 22 RBI.

"Allie is on fire," Wamsley said. "I just want her to continue to stay hot like this. She's seeing the ball real well and she's hitting real well, and she's playing great defense (at first base)."

Perry Wallinger was hitting .429 with 17 runs, and Hayes was hitting .400 with four home runs and nine stolen bases.

Lowe was hitting .385 and had struck out just once in 41 plate appearances.

Alexis Rios was 7-1 with a 1.82 ERA and 53 strikeouts, and Paige McMenemy was 4-3 with a 0.33 ERA and 42 strikeouts.

"We've improved a lot. We've stepped up our game," Cody said. "We're excited."

•North bounced back from its first OCC-Cardinal loss - a 3-2 setback against Olentangy on April 18 - to defeat Dublin Jerome 5-1 on April 21.

The Warriors entered the week having won three of their last four games.

"This team likes to play softball and they're always smiling," coach Joe Francisco said. "They're just resilient kids. We're not playing as sharp as we were playing earlier, but we'll work those things out."

Against Jerome, pitcher Alli Rowland allowed six hits, struck out eight and walked none.

Lilly Gresh and Tory Speakman had two hits apiece.

"We thought it would be a very balanced league and it is," Francisco said. "Jerome is 1-7 in the league and it's a good 1-7 team. The entire OCC is this way. This division is just very balanced. Our kids played well. We made some mental errors; we have to work on those."

North plays Olentangy Liberty on Thursday, April 28. The Warriors defeated the Patriots 14-6 on April 14.

•South turned in a pair of solid efforts in wins over Liberty 2-1 on April 18 and Olentangy 3-0 on April 21.

"I think we're gaining confidence almost every game," coach Jerry Kelbley said. "The girls are playing with a little more confidence and staying in the game. I think we're progressing."

The Wildcats visit Marysville on Thursday, April 28. The Monarchs defeated South 5-1 on April 14.

"Marysville is doing a nice job over there," Kelbley said. "We need to score a few more runs and keep them from scoring as many runs. We didn't play well against them. We just need to play with a little more confidence against them. They seem to play well against us and we need to be ready for them. We need to play to our level and not try to do more than what we're capable of."

South will look to avenge a loss to North when it plays host to the Warriors on Monday, May 2. North defeated South 9-4 on April 13.

Against Liberty, Chelsea Raker's two-run home run in the third inning accounted for South's runs.

Against Olentangy, Leah Siedlak homered in the first inning for the Wildcats.

"I was really pleased with the game (against Olentangy)," Kelbley said. "They played well; they were really into the game. It was the first shutout we had this year. We had good pitching from Morgan Dietz and played very good defense. We had some timely hitting. That's what you need to win games. You win a lot of ballgames if you shut everybody out."