Inconsistency has plagued the Worthington Kilbourne High School baseball team.

Inconsistency has plagued the Worthington Kilbourne High School baseball team.

The Wolves defeated Westland 9-4 in an OCC-Central Division game on April 13 and 12-2 in five innings on April 16 to improve to 7-5 overall and 3-3 in league play. In the process, Kilbourne won consecutive games for the third time this spring and first time in league play.

"When we started off the year, we weren't hitting that well," coach Jeff Boulware said. "Lately, we've been kicking the ball around too much (defensively). We just haven't put it all together yet."

Fortunately, plenty of baseball remains.

The Wolves play Friday, April 20, at Hilliard Davidson in the second game of that league series with the first being April 18. Following a doubleheader Saturday, April 21, at Cincinnati Colerain, they will play the first game of their next OCC-Central series on Monday, April 23, at Central Crossing.

"It's a big week for us. We have to start creating some momentum for ourselves," Boulware said. "We're really excited about the doubleheader because we've never played Colerain. We're going to stay overnight and do some bonding things as a team."

Through 11 games, sophomore second baseman Hayden Shenefield was leading the team in batting average (.462), on-base percentage (.489) and hits (18) and was second in runs (8) behind Brian Hanks (9).

Shenefield, Colin Chancey, Jake Niggemeyer and Jacob Shriver were second in RBI (8 apiece) behind Tom Scantland (10), while Brian Sommers was hitting .371 and Chancey and Scantland both were hitting .324.

On the mound, sophomore Charlie Foster was 2-0 with a 1.27 ERA in 11 innings. Niggemeyer was 1-2 with a 1.27 ERA and led the staff in both strikeouts (23) and innings (22), and Sommers was 2-1 with a 2.47 ERA in 17 innings.

"We always talk about playing our best baseball in late April and into May," said Boulware, whose team advanced to a Division I district final a year ago after going 11-11 during the regular season. "We're coming up on that time period now. It's time to get going."

Cards regain momentum following spring break trip

Thomas won four of the six games it played in Myrtle Beach, S.C., during spring break.

The Cardinals dropped their final two games on the trip, but quickly responded once they got back to central Ohio, as they swept an OCC-Central series against Hilliard Davidson and then scored all of their runs in the bottom of the sixth inning in a 4-0 victory over Dublin Coffman on April 13.

The loss was Coffman's first in league play.

Roscoe Blackburn scored the first run from third base on a throwing error, Kirby Boehm followed with a two-run single and Drew Taylor had an RBI double. Pitchers Nick Pauley and Ben Miller combined on a six-hitter.

"We got our groove back," said Boehm, a senior catcher.

The Cardinals were 11-3 overall and 4-1 in the OCC-Central before playing Westland on April 18.

"We've played well since we got back," coach Stephen Gussler said after the first game against Coffman. "This means everybody has a league loss except us. But the reality is it's a 14-game (league) season and we've still got a long way to go."