Figuring out how to improve its offense has been a step-by-step process for the Worthington Christian High School baseball team.

Figuring out how to improve its offense has been a step-by-step process for the Worthington Christian High School baseball team.

During one practice last week, that meant doing a series of drills that included hitting a basketball in addition to hitting in a cage.

A key portion of practice time has included breaking down each player's swing into a series of moves designed to focus on following through.

"It's called one-two-three," senior infielder Matt Schoonover said. "One is when you load with your foot. Then two is your stride to the ball. Three is when you throw the hands. Doing a lot of hitting has been the main thing."

The effort has produced mixed results.

After being held to four runs over a three-game stretch that included a 2-1 loss in nine innings to DeSales on April 21, Worthington Christian broke through in a 14-2 five-inning win over Wellington on April 23.

The Warriors were 1-3 in the CCL before playing Ready last Monday and St. Charles last Tuesday, but their losses to conference opponents have been much closer than a year ago.

"Obviously our record has not been what we've wanted," Schoonover said. "We were ahead against St. Charles and lost (10-9 on April 8) when they put up a four-spot on us with two outs in the seventh and we lost to DeSales 2-1, but last year we lost to DeSales (26-2 and 9-5). I'm not happy about our record, but we've been more competitive in the league."

Schoonover, who is hitting about .500, said he's hitting better than at anytime throughout his prep career.

Mike Bush and Jordan Doherty also are hitting better than .400, and Tyler Morgan is close to .400.

The Warriors believe they could reach a new level when Bush is able to pitch regularly.

Bush has been playing the field but saw his first pitching action in about two weeks against Wellington because of a back injury. Coach Tim Kraynak hopes Bush -- who entered the season as the No. 1 pitcher after winning 10 games last year -- will be able to contribute on the mound before the end of the regular season. He could enter the postseason in a relief role.

"Defensively and on the mound, we're in really good shape," Kraynak said. "We're fielding better than .950, and I think the offense will come around. We've played some good teams this year."

•The boys tennis team had won only three courts over its first six matches, but coach Alexander Schmidt believes he's seen improvement.

The Warriors were tied with Canal Winchester at 2 when the third-singles match featuring Reid Smith had to be stopped because of darkness. The match's completion has not been rescheduled.

"Especially in our match against Canal Winchester, we've seen a lot of improvement and taken a lot of really good steps," Schmidt said. "The guys are working hard and trying to get better."

Nathan Pettit is playing first singles and Andrew Kistler is at No. 2. Curtis Hahn, Tanner Singleton, R.J. Murray and Aleck Brunner are among those who have seen action in doubles matches.

Kistler had won two of five matches.

"Both of Andrew's wins he won very impressively," Schmidt said. "With a lot of the other players, it's much easier for them to play when they get up on an opponent. Reid Smith lost the first set (against Canal Winchester) but won the second set once he figured out how to just relax. I've seen good things out of my doubles teams.

"With Nathan at first singles, he's very talented and it's been a struggle for him with his mental game. He has to remember that it's not the end of the world if you lose. When he's having fun and relaxes he's a much better player."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Worthington Christian baseball, softball, boys tennis and boys and girls track and field teams:


*April 16 -- Defeated Ready 4-2

April 18 -- Def. Fairbanks 1-0; lost to Westland 8-2

*April 21 -- Lost to DeSales 2-1 in nine innings

April 23 -- Def. Wellington 14-2

*Last Friday -- Lost to Watterson 6-3

Last Saturday -- Def. Centerburg 8-7; def. Centerburg 14-9

*Last Monday -- Def. Ready 9-7

*Last Tuesday -- Played St. Charles

Today -- Home vs. Fisher Catholic

*Friday -- At Hartley

*Monday -- Home vs. DeSales

*Tuesday -- At Watterson

Of note: The Warriors were 10-6 overall and 2-3 in the CCL before last Tuesday.


April 16 -- Lost to Tree of Life 5-4

April 17 -- Def. Briggs 3-2

April 18 -- Def. Madison Christian 10-1 and 8-0

*April 21 -- Lost to Ready 18-0

*April 23 -- Lost to Hartley 9-0

Last Saturday -- Def. Tree of Life 5-1

*Last Monday -- Lost to Watterson 16-1

*Last Tuesday -- Played Ready

*Today -- At DeSales

*Monday -- Home vs. Hartley

Tuesday -- At Millersport

Of note: The Warriors were 5-5 overall and 0-4 in the CCL before last Tuesday.


April 16 -- Lost to Wellington 5-0

April 17 -- Match vs. Canal Winchester suspended because of darkness. It was tied at 2 with third singles still playing. No makeup date has been announced.

*April 21 -- Lost to DeSales 5-0

*April 23 -- Lost to Watterson 5-0

Last Friday -- Lost to Westerville South 5-0

Last Monday -- Def. Whitehall 4-1

*Last Tuesday -- Played St. Charles

*Today -- At Ready

Friday -- Home vs. Wellington

Saturday -- At Marion Pleasant

Monday -- Home vs. Granville

*Tuesday -- Home vs. Hartley

Of note: The Warriors were 0-6 overall and 0-2 in the CCL before last Tuesday.


April 14 -- Boys: Finished second (74.5) behind Centerburg (79.5) and ahead of Madison Christian (3); Girls: Finished second (44) behind Centerburg (81) and ahead of Madison Christian (11)

April 18 -- Boys: Finished 19th (5) in 20-team Dublin Invitational behind champion Brunswick (85); Girls: Did not score in 18-team Dublin Invitational behind champion Brunswick (123)

Last Saturday -- Boys: Finished fifth (76) in seven-team Joe Ramsey Invitational at Hartley behind champion New Albany (179.5); Girls: Finished sixth (32) in eight-team field behind champion Hartley (168)

Last Tuesday -- Competed against Centerburg, Fisher Catholic and West Jefferson

Tuesday -- At Buckeye Valley

*CCL contest