During its first six games, the Worthington Christian High School baseball team averaged 8.5 runs and got encouraging performances from its top two pitchers.

During its first six games, the Worthington Christian High School baseball team averaged 8.5 runs and got encouraging performances from its top two pitchers.

Finding consistency, particularly on defense, could determine whether the Warriors take the step forward they are seeking this season.

Worthington Christian finished 13-13 overall a year ago but entered the week 5-1 overall and 2-0 in the MSL-Ohio Division. Its league games against Columbus Academy on April 8 and Bexley on April 11 were postponed because of bad weather.

"It's a very good hitting team and there's definitely potential to be a good defensive team," 13th-year coach Tim Kraynak said. "I think this is one of the stronger pitching staffs that I've coached. The young talent we have is extremely promising."

Through six games, senior Kyle Houk was 2-1 with a 3.19 ERA and junior Brad Robbins was 1-0 with a 2.33 ERA.

Another key pitcher, senior Brian Fields, is splitting time at first base with Robbins.

Other key players are seniors Scott Hevel (CF/P), Josh Krebs (2B) and Daniel Means (RF/P) and sophomores Matt McCoy (LF), Danny Myers (C) and Michael Rettstatt (3B/P).

Also on the team are sophomore Josh Demarco (OF) and freshmen Derek Fabian (C) and Nathan Sewall (OF).

Track teams have depth, experience

Last year, in Rod Zody's first season as coach, the track and field program had one girls relay, two girls individual competitors and two boys relays qualify for the Division III state meet.

Three girls and four boys who competed at state have returned.

"We had a really good first year last year," said Zody, whose boys team has moved up to Division II. "We're really excited for this year."

Senior Courtney Parsell, junior Bridgette Rettstatt and sophomore Emma Kasich are leading the girls team.

Rettstatt placed fourth at state in the high jump (5 feet, 4 inches) while Parsell and Kasich were on the 800-meter relay that also took fourth (1 minute, 46.39 seconds).

Other seniors on the girls team are Christina Hemmingsen (100 hurdles, discus, sprints), Emily Legg (sprints, long jump) and Tori Wilde (middle distance, distance).

Also looking to contribute are junior Kate Smith (discus) and sophomores Alex Evans (sprints), Emily Hall (sprints, long jump), Jenna Lake (hurdles), Ellie Myers (middle distance) and Alyssa Powell (middle distance).

Seniors Ryan Harrison and Dan Sharp and sophomore Jordan Jackson are back after helping the boys 1,600 relay finish 15th (3:33.98) at state. Sophomore Kyle Smith teamed with Harrison, Sharp and 2016 graduate Joel Bertelsen on the 3,200 relay that was 16th (8:29.51) at state.

Other seniors are Payton Byrd (sprints), Nathan Han (hurdles, long jump), Noah Mallory (middle distance, distance) and Matthew Houk (middle distance, distance).

Junior Jonathan Davis should be a key distance runner after qualifying for the regional cross country meet last fall.

Other juniors are Jacob Kuts (sprints), Coty Michael (shot put, discus), Ben Morrow (shot put, discus), Sammy Myers (hurdles), Emerson Patrick (sprints), Alex Tucker (sprints), Reed Tucker (sprints) and Isaac Wilson (sprints).

Also looking to contribute are sophomores Jake Bertelsen (distance), Ethan Crary (sprints), Ian Lawlor (long jump), Seth Parsell (shot put, discus), Luke Smith (distance) and Jake Strick (distance).

Softball team off to great start

The softball team entered the week 6-0 overall and 1-0 in the MSL-Ohio under first-year coach Matt Heidorn.

Worthington Christian's league games against London on April 4 and Bexley on April 11 were postponed because of bad weather.

The Warriors finished 10-16 overall last year under former coach Stephanie Smith, who stepped down after four seasons.

Heidorn coached Delaware Christian to a Division IV district championship in 2014 in his only season heading the program.

His daughter, junior Ava Heidorn, was the pitcher two seasons ago for Delaware Christian and became the Warriors' No. 1 pitcher after sitting out the first half of last season because of the OHSAA's transfer rule.

Senior Katie McIntosh, who pitched the first half of last season, is playing first base.

The only other senior is Elizabeth Lake (LF).

Also back are juniors Breanna Abel (C), Kara Godsey (SS) and Lynsey Meeks (3B) and sophomores Caroline Cole (2B) and Emma McIntosh (RF). Freshman Kate Tomallo is starting in center field.

Also on the team are sophomores Emma Burford (OF) and Avery Thompson (OF) and freshman Sophia Hevel.

"My hope is to play great ball and show them that they can win," coach Heidorn said.

Boys tennis team returns strong corps

The boys tennis team has returned five of its top seven players from last season, when it finished 8-4 overall and placed third in the MSL-Ohio.

The Warriors, who opened by beating London 5-0 on April 6, are led by juniors Ben Kindberg and Chris Tsibouris in singles. Kindberg made first-team all-league and Tsibouris was second team last season.

Senior Noah Cardosi, who was honorable mention all-league a year ago, also has returned, as are senior Jacob Eriksen and sophomore AjAi Smith.

Sophomores Isaac Deskins and Cam Glassburn are expected to be at second doubles, with junior Zach Valentine being another who should contribute.

"They've all been working hard in the offseason," third-year coach Justin Bays said. "We feel like we're a little ahead of schedule compared to last year. We're definitely looking forward to the season. With all of the experience we have, we'll maybe compete for second place in the conference (behind defending champion Columbus Academy)."

Schedules

BASEBALL

March 29 -- Winston-Salem (N.C.) Calvary Baptist at Myrtle Beach, S.C.

March 30 -- Alexandria (Va.) Ireton at Myrtle Beach

March 31 -- Cape May (N.J.) at Myrtle Beach

April 1 -- Chicago North Shore at Myrtle Beach

*April 5 -- vs. London

*April 6 -- at Grandview

*April 8 -- vs. Columbus Academy

*April 11 -- at Bexley

*April 13 -- vs. Madison Plains

*April 15 -- vs. Whitehall

April 16 -- vs. Northridge (DH)

*April 18 -- at West Jefferson

April 19 -- vs. Centennial

*April 20 -- at London

April 21 -- vs. Ready

*April 22 -- vs. Grandview

April 23 -- vs. Fredericktown (DH)

*April 25 -- at Columbus Academy

*April 27 -- vs. Bexley

*April 28 -- vs. Madison Plains

*May 2 -- at Whitehall

*May 4 -- vs. West Jefferson

May 5 -- at Newark Catholic

May 7 -- vs. Centerburg (DH)

SOFTBALL

March 30 -- Yonkers (N.Y.) Sacred Heart and Rossford in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

March 31 -- Staten Island (N.Y.) Moore Catholic in Myrtle Beach

April 1 -- Cranberry Township (Pa.) North Catholic in Myrtle Beach

*April 4 -- vs. London

April 5 -- at Wellington

*April 6 -- at Grandview

*April 11 -- at Bexley

*April 13 -- at Madison Plains

*April 15 -- vs. Whitehall

April 16 -- at Fisher Catholic (DH)

*April 18 -- at West Jefferson

April 19 -- vs. Centennial

*April 20 -- at London

*April 22 -- vs. Grandview

April 23 -- vs. Fairfield Christian and Madison Christian

*April 27 -- vs. Bexley

*April 28 -- vs. Madison Plains

April 30 -- vs. Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy (DH)

*May 2 -- at Whitehall

*May 4 -- vs. West Jefferson

May 5 -- at Berne Union

BOYS TENNIS

*April 6 -- at London

*April 12 -- at Columbus Academy

*April 13 -- vs. Grandview

*April 14 -- vs. Bexley

April 19 -- at Granville

*April 21 -- at Whitehall

April 25 -- vs. Worthington Kilbourne

*April 26 -- vs. West Jefferson

April 28 -- vs. Columbus West

April 30 -- MSL tournament at Columbus Academy

May 2 -- at Marysville

May 3 -- vs. Upper Arlington B

May 9 -- vs. Marion Pleasant

TRACK & FIELD

April 8 -- Chris Diller Invitational at Buckeye Valley

April 12 -- at Columbus Academy

April 15 -- Russ Owen Bexley Relays

April 19 -- at Westerville Central

April 23 -- Bloom-Carroll Invitational

April 25 -- vs. TBA at home

April 29 -- Olentangy Invitational

May 3 -- at Olentangy liberty with Olentangy

May 10, 13 -- MSL-Ohio meet at Whitehall

*League contest