Considering his team was missing several players, including three starters, Whetstone High School softball coach Larry Peck was pleased with the way the Braves competed during spring break.
"We went 1-2 and competed well, for the most part," sad Peck, whose team was 10-5 overall and 6-1 in the City League-North Division before playing Linden-McKinley on April 24. "Because we were missing three starters, we had to juggle the lineup and we had a number of players out of their normal positions. It cost us some, but it was a good experience and the girls tried hard."
The Braves lost to Grandview 10-4 on April 20, allowing six runs over the final two innings. Then on April 22, they beat Eastmoor Academy 6-5 in eight innings before falling to host Worthington Kilbourne 13-0.
"We played very well against Eastmoor and it was a good battle," Peck said. "We led 4-3 after the third inning and made it 5-3 in the top of the seventh, but Avery Brown hit a two-run homer against us in the bottom of the seventh. We fought back to win it in the eighth."
Geena Snyder led off the eighth with a single and courtesy-runner Gabby Thiede stole second base with two outs. Deziray Segovia then singled to put runners on the corners before Lexi Spiropoulos delivered an RBI single.
Winning pitcher Bailey Waitkus, who went 4-for-4 with two triples, got out of a jam in the bottom of the eighth with a strikeout and an Eastmoor runner being thrown out trying to steal third base. The latter play ended the game.
Against Kilbourne, the Braves made six errors.
"We flat-out dropped several fly balls in the outfield and also had a couple infield errors, as well as mental errors," Peck said. "Kilbourne did a nice job with their bunting game and we helped them, too.
"But overall, we're ready to get everyone back and see what we can do in the league."
Entering the week, Whetstone was second in the City-North behind Centennial (6-0). The Braves lost to the host Stars 10-9 on April 10. The rematch is May 4 at Whetstone.
continues to roll
The baseball team had won four of its previous five games and was 14-3 overall and 7-0 in the City-North before playing Linden on April 24.
The Braves lost to Centerburg 12-3 on April 18, but bounced back to defeat Eastmoor 12-0 and Independence 25-1 on April 20 and then beat Franklin Heights 3-0 and Marion Harding 15-12 on April 22.
"We rallied from an 8-0 deficit against Marion Harding and that's the largest comeback I think we've ever had in my 24 years here," coach Tim Broskie said. "I'm so proud of these guys. At 8-0 before your second at-bats, there are a lot of teams who might just throw in the towel. We made seven errors in the first two innings and didn't make another the rest of the game."
The Braves scored five runs in the bottom of the second and trailed 9-6 before scoring four runs in the fourth and three in the fifth to take a 13-9 lead.
"Jacob Hochstetler pitched 3 1/3 innings of strong relief to get the win and Jacob Price went 1 1/3 innings for the save," Broskie said. "We had 17 hits and only struck out twice."
Justin McDaniel was 3-for-5 with two RBI. Hochstetler also went 3-for-5, while Dalton Daugherty and Quinn Blosser both had two hits and three RBI and Cameron Bragg had two hits and two RBI.
Against Franklin Heights, Seth Bragg pitched a four-hitter with nine strikeouts and Michael Ray and Daugherty had two hits apiece.
Price threw a one-hitter in the five-inning win over Eastmoor. Against Independence, Jack Staggs doubled, tripled and drove in five runs and Price doubled, singled and knocked in four runs.
Pair leads way for
girls track team
Sofia McLemore and Jamie Bossenbroek led the girls track and field team in the Wildcat Invitational on April 21 at Westerville South.
McLemore won the 100 meters in 12.77 seconds and finished sixth in the 400 (1:04.26) and Bossenbroek placed third in the 300 hurdles (47.23) and fourth in the 110 hurdles (16:43), as the Braves scored 41 points to tie Marion Harding for fourth in the 11-team meet, behind champion Mason (210).
Mariyanna Lacy was fourth in the 800 (2:30.94) and teamed with McLemore, Bossenbroek and Arielle Swinehart to place third in the 1,600 relay (4:24.04). Bryn Van Dommelen was sixth in the 3,200 (13:38.28) and teamed with Lacy, Callie Umbarger and Adrien Delapp to place sixth in the 3,200 relay (11:16.87).
The boys team finished seventh (43) of 11 teams in the Wildcat Invitational, behind champion Mason (146).
Ibrahim Sesay was runner-up in the long jump (19 feet, 9 1/2 inches). Placing third were the 1,600 relay 0f Adreon Barrett, Andrew Pierce, Emil Adams and Sesay (3:32.66) and the 3,200 relay of Hassan Sesay, Barrett, Sam Khoury and Francisco Soto (8:43.83).
Pierce was fourth in the 400 (52.32), Adams was fifth in the 1,600 (4:50.3), Khoury was fifth in the 3,200 (10:22.93) and Ephrayim Robinson was sixth in the 400 (54.0).
The 400 relay of Pierce, Barrett, Robinson and Ibrahim Sesay placed fifth (44.93) and the 800 relay of Hassan Sesay, Bryan Battle, Dylan Peaks and Pak McCollum was sixth (1:37.93).