The Licking Heights High School baseball team was 3-7 overall and 0-5 in the LCL-Buckeye Division before playing host to Licking Valley on April 13.

The Hornets have struggled offensively for much of the season thus far. After beating Tree of Life 5-0 on March 28 and Central Crossing 5-4 on March 29, they didn’t score more than three runs in their next six games, all losses. They totaled 10 runs and were shut out twice during that span.

Licking Heights fell to Heath 5-2 on March 30, Lakewood 3-0 on April 3, Newark Catholic 6-3 on April 5, Granville 10-0 on April 7, Hilliard Bradley 12-2 on April 8 and Watkins Memorial 5-2 on April 10 before ending its losing streak with an 8-4 win over Northridge on April 12.

The Hornets had 10 hits against Northridge and Alex Melick picked up the win on the mound against the Vikings.

Against Watkins Memorial, Killian Brewer had three hits, including a double, and an RBI and Tim Sanford had two hits. Brewer struck out six and allowed one earned run in 3 1/3 innings.

Against Lakewood, Tyler Barner pitched a four-hitter, but the Hornets had only three hits — singles by Brett Weaver, Jalen Hardiman and Tim Sanford.

Softball team also
seeking offense

Much like the baseball team, the softball team also has struggled offensively.

The Hornets were 3-8 overall and 0-4 in the LCL-Buckeye before playing Licking Valley on April 13.

Their losses included setbacks against Watkins Memorial (7-1 on April 10), Granville (8-0 on April 7), Newark Catholic (9-6 on April 5), Lakewood (5-0 on April 3) and Delaware (11-1 on March 29).

Against Newark Catholic, Kara Gunter was 4-for-4 with two doubles and Emily Meidl had a home run and two RBI, but the Hornets managed just one hit against Watkins Memorial and were no-hit by Lakewood pitcher Courtney Vierstra, who threw a perfect game with 15 strikeouts.

Jessica Gunter pitched a four-hitter against Lakewood.

Volleyball team
gets first victory

The boys volleyball team fell to 1-5 with a 25-14, 25-17, 25-4 loss to Pickerington Central on April 12.

The Hornets rallied to defeat Northland 25-21, 15-25, 23-25, 25-18, 15-12 on April 4 after losing their first three matches, including a 25-23, 25-22, 25-18 loss to Whetstone on April 6.

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