The Watterson High School softball team picked an opportune time to put behind some recent offensive ups and downs.
Coming off a stretch in which they had lost three of four games and had averaged 2.3 runs during the losses, the Eagles scored seven times in the top of the seventh inning to rally for a 9-8 victory at Ready on April 26.
The win wrapped up the CCL championship for Watterson, which was 11-6 overall and 5-0 in the CCL before playing DeSales in its league finale May 1. The Stallions were 3-2 in the CCL before that game, while Ready was 2-3 and Hartley was 0-5 in the league before facing each other May 1.
Against Ready, senior pitcher Madison Eagle entered in the fifth inning and picked up the win in relief.
Senior shortstop Katrina Wierz-bicki hit a two-run home run in the top of the fifth to give the Eagles a 2-0 lead before Ready scored seven runs in the bottom of the fifth and one in the sixth to build an 8-2 advantage.
Distance corps leads
boys track team
An experienced distance corps is starting to come together for the boys track and field team.
On April 26 in the Braves Invitational at Whetstone, seniors Nick Haley and Ross Kuhn and juniors Nick Kuraly and Shane Merklin combined to win the 3,200-meter relay in 8 minutes, 18.45 seconds.
Kuhn also won the 1,600 (4:40.05) and Haley finished first in the 800 (2:00.74), as the Eagles scored 55 points to place fourth of 14 teams at Whetstone, behind champion Walnut Ridge (92).
In addition, junior Erik Placke placed third in the discus (119 feet, 2 inches).
"The distance top four have improved," coach Matt McGowan said. "Erik Placke has continued to improve in the discus."
The Eagles will compete in the CCL meet Monday, May 8, and Wednesday, May 10, at Columbus School for Girls. They then will prepare for the Division I district meet, which begins May 16.
McGowan also has been pleased with the performances of sprinters Daniel Bower, Conor Busch, Nick DePalma and Tony Rogner.
"It's my hope as a coach that we continue to improve as a team so that each athlete does their best at the league and district (meets)," McGowan said.
Girls track team
having strong season
The girls track and field team will compete in the Larkin/Crosten Invitational on Friday, May 5, at Upper Arlington before preparing for the CCL meet.
Last season, the Eagles were CCL runners-up, scoring 121 points to finish behind CSG (138).
On April 26, Watterson scored 93.5 points to win the 14-team Braves Invitational at Whetstone. Senior Sam Mikula won the 800 in a program-record 2:19.75 and senior Michelle Lehmann broke program marks while finishing runner-up in the 100 (11.91) and 200 (25.54).
Also finishing first were senior Anna Stinnett in the 1,600 (5:47.63), the 3,200 relay of junior Kelsi Connors, sophomore Emily Latshaw and freshmen Megan Eberts and Sarah Heink (10:46.83) and the distance medley of Connors, Latshaw, sophomore Sam Francis and freshman Julia Walling (14:29.79).
Junior Lainey Billing placed second in the discus (93-7) and Lehmann was runner-up in the long jump (16-9).