The Thomas Worthington High School girls lacrosse team has worked out some details and is beginning to roll.

The Cardinals have won five consecutive games and are 9-2 overall and 3-0 in the OCC-Cardinal Division entering a game at Hilliard Darby on Thursday, April 27.

"We're beginning to put things together," coach Scott Hamilton said. "We lost to Upper Arlington (16-7 on April 4) in a game that was closer than the score indicates. We worked on some things and got better in practice, but we had a 10-day layoff over spring break and were a little unsettled in (an 11-9 win over Columbus Academy on April 17).

"But we played much, much better (in a 12-7 win over Olentangy Liberty on April 21). We're clearing the ball better and we had better spacing and patience on offense."

Videos •Thomas Worthington girls lacrosse player Addie Hamilton scores in a 12-7 win over Olentangy Liberty on April 21. •Jenna Rao also scores in the 12-7 win over Liberty. •Softball coach Craig Andersen talks about his team.

Against Liberty, attackers Addie Hamilton and Jenna Rao and midfielder Erin Baumann all scored three goals. Rao also had five assists.

"We were settling the ball and making smart passes rather than rushing on offense," said Addie Hamilton, the coach's daughter. "I think the defense is coming along. Our goalie (Timi Cole) did a great job clearing."

"Timi is a first-year starter in goal and she is doing a good job of taking charge of the defense and directing the girls on the clear," coach Hamilton said. "Our defense is really starting to come together. Rachel Rinaldi, Silvia Strange, Reilly Ford and Dejah Roberts are really playing well along with Elle Coe coming off the bench."

The Cardinals defeated Medina 5-1 and Shaker Heights 12-7 in the Hannigan-Galipault Tournament April 22 at home. Entering the event, Hamilton led the team in goals (29) and assists (20), followed by Rao with 20 goals and 16 assists. Baumann and Riley Godard both had 14 goals and Tori Banks had 11.

"Erin is a phenomenal athlete who can play offense or defense," coach Hamilton said. "Despite two dominant attackers (Hamilton and Rao), Erin always puts her stamp on the game. She makes smart cuts and always seems to be in the right position to make plays."

Thomas will play at Cincinnati Sycamore on Saturday, April 29 before playing host to Kilbourne in a league game Monday, May 1. The league finale is May 11 at Dublin Jerome.

"The key for us is to keep our intensity level up," Rao said. "We need to work as a team in order to reach our goals of winning OCC and state championships."

Track teams shine
at meet in Dayton

Cade Richeson and Sarah Charley each won individual titles in the Edwin C. Moses Relays on April 21 at Welcome Stadium in Dayton, as the boys team finished first and the girls finished second.

Richeson won the discus (160 feet, 2 inches) and placed third in the shot put (53-3 1/2) as the boys scored 63 points in the 17-team meet to edge runner-up Dayton Dunbar (62).

Also finishing first for the Cardinals were the 3,200-meter relay of Ty Banks, Andrew Morgan, Ryan Gimeson and Keegan Ballantyne (8 minutes, 25.52 seconds) and the 6,400 relay of Andy Payne, Jack Caine, Zubin Jha and Arjun Jha (18:48.07).

Khalil Jones tied for second in the long jump (21-3) and the distance medley relay of Cade Clerico, James Gaiters, Ian Cook and Joshua Allen was third (11:25.52).

The girls scored 63.5 points to finish behind Troy (80.5) as Charley won the long jump (17-1) and Christina Nash, Hannah Moulton, Cassidy Shaver and Gia Napoleon combined to finish first in the 3,200 relay (9:46.77) and 6,400 relay (21:18.52).

The 1,600 relay of Nash, Bre Beatty, JaMeila Brown and Napoleon was second (4:08.91), and finishing third were Kiara Coleman in the long jump (15-4 3/4), the shuttle hurdle relay of Beatty, Eleanor Weiker, Lizzy Cockerham and Sonia Mustric (1:11.14) and the distance medley relay of Haddie Lawler, Marcella Chavez, Hannah Cornelius and Chloe Engel (13:57.44).

Baseball team makes
pitch for high seed

With the Division I district tournament draw set for Sunday, April 30, the baseball team looks to be in position to receive a high seed.

The Cardinals, who were 13-2 overall and 7-1 in the OCC-Cardinal after a 6-5 loss to Dublin Scioto on April 24, continue to rely on their pitching.

Boys volleyball slideshow •View photos from the Worthington Kilbourne boys volleyball match against Thomas Worthington on April 18.

Caleb Struewing and Trent Castle threw consecutive one-hit shutouts last week for Thomas, which had outscored opponents 107-30 through 14 games.

Struewing's effort came in a 3-0 win over Scioto on April 21 and Castle's came in a 5-0 win over Massillon Perry in the first game of a doubleheader April 22. The Cardinals then beat Perry 11-2 in the second game as Nick Kendig and Joey Pischel combined to scatter five hits and Spencer Kiehl hit a home run as part of a five-run first inning.

Kiehl allowed four hits in a 13-3, five-inning win over Jerome on April 18, in addition to hitting a three-run home run.

Through 14 games, Castle was batting .600 with two home runs, 21 RBI and 15 runs scored, and Pischel was hitting .412 with 16 runs. Kiel also had two home runs.

On the mound, Struewing was 4-0 with a 0.55 ERA and 34 strikeouts, Kiehl was 3-0 with a 0.93 ERA and 22 strikeouts and Castle was 2-0 with 20 strikeouts.

Struggles continue
for softball team

The softball team fell to 0-12 overall and 0-8 in the OCC-Cardinal with a 17-1 loss to Delaware on April 24.

According to coach Craig Andersen, there are numerous reasons why the Cardinals have struggled.

"We haven't had all 12 of our girls active for the same game all season," Andersen said. "Between injuries and illnesses, it's been rough so far. We have collectively struggled in all facets of the game and the only way to be better is to be mentally prepared and physically ready to make plays and to compete.

"Unfortunately, there is a lack of confidence to overcome now. We need to play a complete game for them to regain their confidence and believe in themselves and their teammates like we as coaches believe in them."

Through 12 games, the only contest in which the Cardinals played all seven innings without the mercy rule being invoked was a 14-5 loss to Jerome on April 5. In that game, the Celtics scored five runs in the top of the seventh.

Andersen said sophomores Maddy Sever (C) and Taylor Veibranz (2B/P) and freshman Jillian Riegert (P/2B) have played well.

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