The Grove City High School softball team showed the ability to fight back as it opened OCC-Ohio Division play.
A day after managing just one hit in a 3-1 loss at Lancaster on April 12, the Greyhounds collected nine hits in an 8-3 win over visiting Reynoldsburg.
Grove City was 12-4 overall and 2-1 in the OCC-Ohio before playing Pickerington Central on April 19 in a key league contest. The Tigers entered the week 2-0 in the league.
Grove City defeated Gahanna 10-2 on April 17, as Samantha Galiffo and Abby Tschiggfrie each homered. The Lions entered the game 10-0 overall and 2-0 in the league.
Coach Ted Williams found reasons for optimism and concern in the first half of the season.
"We're not getting enough bases when they give them to us and we're leaving runs on base," he said.
But he added: "I like where we are. The kids are growing, understanding what we want a little more, and we continue to do the little things."
Against Reynoldsburg, Grove City broke open a close game with five runs in the fifth inning. Bri Tucker tripled and singled, and Sierra Reid and Madi Burley each doubled and singled.
Burley had the team's lone hit against Lancaster.
"We knew (Camie Shumaker) was going to be a tough pitcher, but we know we can't win a game with one hit," Galiffo said. "We were pretty pumped to come back and just get a win (against Reynoldsburg) because we needed a 'W.' ... We're still pushing to win the league. We have to play perfect ball and hit the ball."
Grove City plays its rematch against Lancaster on Monday, April 24, at home.
After beginning the season with three pitchers competing for time in the circle, freshman Anna Feil has emerged as the primary starter. She scattered five hits against Lancaster and allowed just three against Reynoldsburg.
"Anna has been throwing pretty well," Williams said. "Sierra will get her time here and there. (Mylie) Torres has helped a little bit. It's just all situational kind of stuff on who we're throwing in there."
The Greyhounds believe they can remain in the OCC-Ohio title chase.
"I don't think Lancaster is unbeatable," Williams said. "It's going to be tight, probably a little bit tighter than last year."
Gahanna won the league title last season at 12-2, a game ahead of Groveport and Lancaster, while Central went 8-6 and Grove City was 6-8. Groveport has moved to the OCC-Capital.
Grove City began last week by defeating Westland 14-1 in five innings April 10 as Feil and Torres combined for a no-hitter.
The Greyhounds capped the week by beating Olentangy Liberty 9-1 on April 15. Torres hit a two-run home run in the fifth.
Baseball team seeking
The baseball team was 10-5 overall and 7-0 in the OCC-Ohio before playing Central on April 19.
The Greyhounds defeated Central 2-1 on April 17 as A.J. Peter allowed just two hits in a complete-game effort.
Grove City defeated Gahanna 5-0 on April 10 and 2-1 in eight innings April 12 in a pair of league contests.
Peter went the distance in the first game, allowing just three hits, and Dan Rutan pitched a complete game in the rematch while scattering nine hits.
Last season, the Greyhounds went 9-5 in the league to finish second behind Gahanna (12-2).
Through 14 games, Tristin Siemer, a transfer from Hilliard Davidson, was hitting .545, followed by Hayden Cartt (.438), Colton Bauer (.400), Nick Erwin (.378) and Logan Williams (.350).
Cartt led in runs with 16, and Bauer and Williams each had a team-high 12 RBI.
Rutan was 3-1 with a 3.88 ERA, 19 strikeouts and nine walks in 21 2/3 innings.
"We really like where we are," coach Ryan Alexander said. "Our pitchers are really starting to get in a good flow. Our hitters continue to compete every pitch and minimize the strikeouts."
win area meet
The boys and girls track and field teams both finished first in the Best of the South-West meet April 13 at Franklin Heights.
Behind wins in all four relays, the boys (85 points) finished ahead of Westland (63), Central Crossing (59) and Franklin Heights (44).
Jacob Gaitten won the 400 meters (52.5 seconds) and Chris Witcher won the 200 (23.2).
The girls (94) finished ahead of Central Crossing (77), Franklin Heights (56) and Westland (26). Sydney Smith won the 1,600 (5:32.7) and 3,200 (12:12.9), and Sumer McWilliams won the 800 (2:39.4).
"There were unbelievable performances shown at the Best of the South-West meet from both the boys and girls teams in bringing home the first-place trophy," coach Jane Taylor said.
"There is nothing like a double win for the program."