The spring break trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, may not have been very fruitful in terms of its record, but it was exactly what the Whetstone High School baseball team needed, according to coach Tim Broskie.

"I feel like we had a chance to play a lot of players, get our feet wet and see what we had," said Broskie, whose team went 1-4 at the Ripken Experience on March 31 through April 3. "Plus, with the weather we had here, I feel like it gave us a leg up when we got back."

Whetstone was 6-4 overall and 4-0 in the City League-North Division before playing Linden-McKinley on April 16. The Braves played Centennial, which entered the week 3-0 in the league, on April 18.

"We have a lot of guys hitting for good averages, and our pitching has been pretty solid," said Broskie, whose team has won six consecutive City championships. "Plus, we were tested by Northland and rallied to win going away (10-4 on April 12). We trailed 4-1 in the fourth inning, but showed some grit and (pitcher) Jacob Price was fantastic in relief."

Through 10 games, Price was 2-0 on the mound with a 1.05 ERA in 13.1 innings pitched. The junior, who also plays shortstop and third base depending on who is pitching, was hitting .424 with three doubles and 11 RBI.

"Jacob got his feet wet as a freshman but didn't have the type of season he wanted to last year," Broskie said. "But he's been wonderful so far this year."

Sophomore Ben Paugh also pitches and plays third base and shortstop and has been rotating with Price. Entering the week, Paugh was 1-1 with one save and a 4.50 ERA in 7 2/3 innings and was hitting .393 with 10 runs and five RBI.

"He's probably the strongest kid we have on the team and he's a sophomore batting cleanup and starting on the left side of the infield," Broskie said. "I'm impressed with what he's doing and the best part is I have him for two more years after this and he's only going to get better."

Dalton Daugherty led the team with a .519 batting average and had four doubles, 13 runs and 11 RBI. Evan Cossin was hitting .400, Davis Kleen was hitting .353 with 11 runs and 10 walks and Jacob Hochstetler had a team-best 14 RBI.

"Dalton is our leadoff man with a lot of speed and he can slap the ball to all fields and he's on fire," Broskie said. "Davis pitched well last year but has really worked hard and improved and become a good, all-around player. I'm very proud of him.

"In addition to his hitting, Evan is a terrific catcher who has thrown out five guys attempting to steal. He has a quick throwing release, frames pitches and also is incredible at blocking balls in the dirt."

Young softball team 'showing resiliency'

Coach Larry Peck has been pleased with the growth of his young softball team thus far.

The Braves were 5-2 overall and 5-0 in the City-North before playing Linden on April 16.

"We're making young mistakes and we have trouble recovering when we do, but the girls are getting better and it's easy to see, so it's exciting," Peck said. "We lost non-league games to Bexley (11-1 on March 27) and to Hamilton Township (15-0 on April 14) and we have a suspended game with Centerburg where we trail 11-10 after four innings. In those games, we gave up a lot of runs in one inning.

"We are learning the hard way what happens when you give good teams one, two or more extra outs. If we can learn to limit mistakes in a bad inning and move on to the next play, we'll be alright. Against Hamilton Township, we had trouble pitching in the rain and gave up quite a few walks."

Roz Hannah has been the catalyst for the Braves.

"She's a junior shortstop and leadoff hitter and a team captain," Peck said. "She's hitting .625 (through seven games) with team highs in runs (10), home runs (2) and stolen bases (9). She's having a great year so far."

In a 27-11 win over Northland on April 12, Hannah was 4-for-4 with two walks, four runs, two stolen bases and two RBI.

"We're starting four freshmen and probably putting too much pressure on them, to be truthful," Peck said. "This has been one of the most coachable teams I have been around. We are handling a lot of adversity and showing resiliency. We've had great team chemistry to this point. We still have a lot to work on, but the progress has been obvious to me."

Girls lacrosse team seeking first win

The first-year girls lacrosse team will be seeking its first win Friday, April 20, at home against Watterson.

Whetstone then will play Monday, April 23, at Centennial, which is in its third season as a program.

The Braves lost to Columbus School for Girls 21-2 on April 12 to drop to 0-2.



Below are the coming schedules for the Whetstone baseball, girls lacrosse, softball, boys tennis, track & field and boys volleyball teams:


*April 20 -- Home vs. East

April 21 -- At London with Buckeye Valley

*April 23 -- Home vs. Mifflin

*April 25 -- At Northland


April 20 -- Home vs. Watterson

April 23 -- At Centennial


*April 20 -- Home vs. East

*April 23 -- Home vs. Mifflin

April 24 -- At Big Walnut

*April 25 -- At Northland


April 19 -- Home vs. Ready


April 25 -- Braves Invitational at home


April 19 -- Home vs. Northland

April 24 -- At Briggs

*League contest