The Worthington Kilbourne High School baseball team rallied to beat host Hilliard Darby 7-6 in eight innings on April 13, handing the Panthers their first loss in the OCC-Cardinal Division.
The Wolves were 8-6 overall and 3-4 in the OCC-Cardinal before playing Dublin Scioto on April 19. Thomas and Darby were 5-0 and 6-1, respectively, in the league through April 17.
Kilbourne trailed Darby 5-0 after the first inning and 6-1 after the second.
"We got a lot of contributions offensively and had some big hits at the bottom of the (batting) order," coach Mike Yinger said. "I'm hoping it's a sign that we're going to start hitting well as a team like I know we can. We've been waiting for some of those guys to come into their own in the bottom of our order. We need them to get on base and put the ball in play. I thought Noah Reed and Chase Brown did a good job of that (against Darby)."
Ryan McDaniel started on the mound for Kilbourne and allowed four hits and a walk in the first inning. The Wolves also made two errors in the inning as Darby sent 10 batters to the plate. Only two of the five runs were earned.
"It was Ryan's first start in two years and you have to credit him with sticking with it through a tough first inning," Yinger said. "He really settled in after the second inning and battled."
Kyler Archual singled and scored on a wild pitch in the second inning. Brown, batting ninth, walked and scored in the third and led off a four-run fifth with a double. Also in the fifth, Brayden Carter drew a bases-loaded walk and Dominic Frengel had an RBI single. After a Darby error, Reed tied the game at 6 with an RBI double.
"I saw a lot of offspeed stuff and I was just looking to put the ball in play," Brown said. "Darby is really good and this win should help get us going."
In the eighth inning, Brown singled and scored on a double by McDaniel, who pitched 6 2/3 innings before reaching the pitch-count limit of 125 pitches. Max Gregori retired all four batters he faced, including two on strikeouts, to pick up the win.
"This is a big-time win," McDaniel said. "I didn't have good stuff to start the game, but I started to get a feel for things as the game went on and I started to hit my locations. This shows we can compete with anybody. We've struggled some, but we've banded together as brothers and it's going to start to pay off."
Kilbourne lost to Lancaster 10-0 on April 14 but defeated Westerville North 11-2 on April 15 and Scioto 5-2 on April 17.
Boys lacrosse team
After losing its first four games, the boys lacrosse team won three of its next four contests.
The Wolves were 3-5 overall and 2-0 in the OCC-Cardinal before playing Delaware on April 19.
Kilbourne had the same overall record at this point last year before going 11-5 in its final 16 games to finish 14-10 and win the Division II state title.
The Wolves beat Darby 13-2 on April 6 and St. Charles 9-7 on April 8 before losing to DeSales 20-10 on April 11. They rebounded to beat Hilliard Bradley 8-1 on April 13.
Ryan Wesolowski and Nick Clay both scored two goals against Bradley and goalkeeper Dane Jackson made six saves. Clay had three goals and Carson Kott scored two against St. Charles, and Clay scored four and Kott scored three against Darby.
girls track team
Ndidiamaka Anaraodo finished first in the shot put with a throw of 40 feet, 2 1/4 inches to lead the girls track and field team in the 16-team Dublin Classic on April 15 at Coffman.
The Wolves finished 10th (18 points) behind champion Pickerington Central (128).
Keira Smith placed fifth in the 3,200 meters (12 minutes, 6.32 seconds) and joined Camille Rider, Sydney Shannon and Sasha Bomser on the fifth-place 3,200 relay (10:21.92).
Elijah Young finished fifth in the pole vault (12-0) to lead the boys team, which tied Hamilton Township for 15th (4) in the Dublin Classic behind champion Central (122).
Three senior student-athletes recently announced their college decisions.
Sam Beerman and Michael Duzzny both will compete in wrestling at Otterbein, and Jakob Sprunger will play men's soccer at Taylor in Indiana.