One of the Worthington Christian High School baseball team's potential weaknesses heading into the season is that it likely won't have one pitcher who will throw multiple innings at a time.

One of the Worthington Christian High School baseball team's potential weaknesses heading into the season is that it likely won't have one pitcher who will throw multiple innings at a time.

The issue prompted coach Tim Kraynak and his coaching staff to get creative during the preseason.

"We don't have a (No. 1 pitcher), but it's a good problem to have," Kraynak said. "All our key pitchers are also key position players. In our scrimmage (March 21 against Reynoldsburg), we (pitched) seven guys. What we're throwing around is using six or seven guys every game. If you've got a bunch of guys who can pitch, you can throw the same kids every day. We don't have the luxury of having one guy who can pitch six or seven innings, so that's something we'll probably experiment with early."

One player who will be instrumental in helping the Warriors' trial run at a pitching staff by committee is senior Dan Bauslaugh.

A four-year varsity regular, Bauslaugh will start at catcher and also could be the team's closer. Last season, Bauslaugh hit .483 with two home runs and 20 RBI. He likely will bat third or fourth in the lineup.

Senior Austin Morgan also would have been a key player offensively and on the mound but is out for the season. He sustained a knee injury while playing basketball on Dec. 21.

The other seniors are Nathan Deskins (OF), Ben Garrison (P) and Jack Price (OF). All will be regulars on varsity for the first time.

Also returning are juniors J.C. Ackerman (2B/P), Zach Ackerman (3B/P), Trevor England (SS/P), Keaton Lovas (1B) and Alec Motter (OF/P). J.C. Ackerman batted .324 last season and was 2-1 with a 2.59 ERA in 14 games, including one start.

Other key players should include sophomores Frankie Myers (P/C/IF), Caleb Penney (P/C/IF), Jordan Rugg (P/OF) and Clayton Siders (CF/SS) and freshman Casey Hamrick (P/IF).

Last season, Worthington Christian earned the fourth seed for the Division III district tournament but lost to 10th-seeded Cardington 11-6 in the second round to finish 17-9.

The Warriors now are independent after finishing fifth in the CCL last year at 4-6, behind DeSales (8-2), St. Charles (7-3), Watterson (6-4) and Hartley (5-5) and ahead of Ready (0-10).

Ike Meyers, who was the losing pitcher in the tournament game, was among five 2010 graduates along with Matt Anglea, Mike Bush, Caleb Palumbo and Tim Webb. Anglea is playing basketball for Mount Vernon Nazarene University, while Meyers is playing baseball for Bryan College in Dayton, Tenn., and Webb is playing baseball at Bluffton University.

"Division III is a little bit more difficult (than being in Division IV), and last year we got bumped in the (second) round," Kraynak said. "This year we're trying not to have any expectations and will just work on what we need to work on and let the chips fall where they may."

•The boys tennis team has 17 athletes out this spring, including a freshman who is expected to take over at No. 1 singles in Joel Montgomery.

Junior Reid Smith is back at second singles and junior Jonathan Myer is playing No. 3 singles.

Seniors Conor Holland and Tanner Singleton, who teamed up at second doubles last season, have moved up to first doubles.

Competing for time at second doubles are seniors David Feusse and Seth Montgomery, sophomore Josh Ong and freshman Sam Coon.

"It's going really well so far," said Alex Schmidt, who is in his third season as coach. "One of our freshmen has earned the top singles spot. He's been playing since he was a little kid, and in the offseason he's been (competing in) USTA (tournaments)."

Last season, the Warriors went 3-9 overall and 1-3 in their final season in the CCL. Watterson won the league at 5-0, followed by DeSales (4-1), St. Charles (2-2) and Hartley (2-3) while Ready was last (0-5).

At the Division II sectional tournament at Columbus Academy, Smith and 2010 graduate Curtis Hahn won one match before losing in the second round. Andrew Kistler, who played first singles and also was a 2010 graduate, lost his opening sectional singles match. Myer and 2010 graduate R.J. Murray lost their opening sectional doubles match.

The Warriors also lost doubles players Aleck Brunner and Nathan Dawdy to graduation.

"Personally, I want us to double our win total of last year, when we won three," Schmidt said. "With the level of talent we have now, we can more than double that number. I think we've got a lot of potential to really turn some heads this year. It helps to have this freshman jump into the mix."

•The softball team opens April 9 at Gahanna Christian.

•The boys and girls track and field teams open Tuesday, April 5, at home against Centerburg, Jonathan Alder, North Union and Tree of Life.