Siblings sometimes have a difficult time getting along with each other.
However, that hasn't been the case for two sisters on the Whetstone High School softball team, as junior shortstop Roz Hannah and freshman third baseman Sadie Hannah have been working together on the field for the good of the Braves.
"We're a young team with just one senior and I'm one of three juniors, so we've been working on our leadership skills and trying to bring the freshmen along because we need them and they need us," Roz Hannah said. "We're starting four freshmen and they're pretty good, so we're excited about the future.
"Sadie is playing third base for the first time and because I know all of her friends, I've been trying to help our freshmen as much as I can. I will give some tips to Sadie and try to position her if I know the batter or if the situation calls for it. We get along on the field, but we have moments at home where we get at each other like any other sisters do."
Whetstone was 8-2 overall and 8-0 in the City League-North Division before playing Mifflin on April 23. Last week, the Braves posted league wins against Centennial (9-4 on April 18), Linden-McKinley (9-4 on April 19) and East (18-7 on April 20).
Through 10 games, Roz Hannah had a team-high .630 batting average along with two home runs, nine RBI and 15 stolen bases, while Sadie Hannah was batting .500 with 14 runs scored, 11 RBI and 11 stolen bases.
"If (Roz is) not yelling at me or trying to help me, she's out there complaining about how cold it is," said Sadie Hannah, who has made the transition to third base after having played second base and shortstop. "But it's all in fun and she's just giving it to me a little bit."
"I've improved on hitting the gaps this year," Roz Hannah said. "I'm just seeing the ball so much better than I did last year and that's been the biggest difference."
Sadie Hannah isn't the only freshman putting up solid numbers. Meghan Harrison (RF/P) was batting .550 with two doubles and five RBI, Amelia Morris (OF) was hitting .500 with five RBI, nine runs and seven stolen bases and Grace Brigle (CF/C) was batting .300 with five RBI, 10 runs and seven stolen bases.
"It's pretty exciting for us to have four freshmen of their caliber starting and gaining experience and they'll continue to get better," coach Larry Peck said. "We're just scratching the surface this year and the girls are gaining experience and adjusting to the speed of the game. I think next year we'll be very strong."
Sadie Hannah also is excited for the future.
"We have some real good eighth-graders coming up, too," she said. "The future looks really good. I'm going to play travel ball with my sister's team this summer. The speed of the ball off the bat has been my biggest challenge at third base because the ball gets there much faster than when you're at shortstop or second base. I'm just now getting used to it."
Baseball team gets past Stars
Ben Paugh went 2-for-3 with three RBI and scored two runs as the baseball team broke a 4-all tie with four runs in the fourth inning and three in the fifth to beat Centennial 11-4 on April 18 in a matchup between the top two teams in the City-North.
Evan Cossin had a three-run double and Jeffrey Golding pitched the final 2 2/3 innings to earn the win in relief of Jacob Price. Cameron Bragg and Dalton Daugherty both added two hits for the Braves, who then routed Linden-McKinley and East by 15-0 scores the following two days.
Whetstone, which lost to Buckeye Valley 5-2 and beat London 10-2 in a pair of games April 21, was 10-5 overall and 7-0 in the league before playing Mifflin on April 23.
Alex Timmons tossed a two-hitter against Linden and Aidan Stephens threw a one-hitter against East. Both were five-inning contests.
Through 15 games, Daugherty (.477), Paugh (.463) and Price (.426) were leading Whetstone in hitting. Jacob Hochstetler led the team in RBI (18), followed by Daugherty (16) and Price (15). Davis Kleen, Bragg and Daugherty shared the team lead in runs scored with 17 apiece.
Boys tennis team advances to City final
The boys tennis team will face West in the City League championship match Monday, April 30, at Africentric.
The Braves are 3-0 in the City-North with a makeup match remaining against Mifflin, but already have won the first-place tiebreaker with Centennial with a 3-2 win over the Stars on March 26.
Centennial represented the North in the City final last year, losing to West 3-2.
"We're pretty excited about making it there because I felt Centennial and Beechcroft and us were all right there and we came away with (the City-North title) by edging Centennial and Beechcroft (4-1 on April 19)," coach Bucky Walters said. "We pulled out some close singles matches against Beechcroft."
Against the Cougars, Kaleb White won 6-4, 6-3 at first singles, Colin Harmon-Ulmer won 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 at second singles, Atticus Bulgrin and Armando Prince won 6-0, 6-2 at first doubles and Jared Brown and Louis Schirmer won 6-3, 6-2 at second doubles.
"All seven guys have played well," Walters said. "We haven't seen West yet, so I don't know how we match up, but we could see them in the City coaches tournament."
The City coaches tournament began April 23, with the North Division playing at Park of Roses and the South playing at Africentric. The finals were April 25 at Africentric.
Below are the coming schedules for the Whetstone baseball, girls lacrosse, softball, boys tennis, track & field and boys volleyball teams:
*April 27 -- Home vs. Beechcroft. The Braves beat the Cougars 16-0 on April 11.
April 28 -- At Galion Northmor with Northridge
April 30 -- Home vs. Shekinah Christian
May 1 -- Home vs. West
*May 2 -- At Linden-McKinley. The Braves beat the Panthers 15-0 on April 19.
April 26 -- Home vs. Buckeye Valley
April 30 -- Home vs. Hartley
May 1 -- At Pickerington North
*April 27 -- Home vs. Beechcroft. The Braves beat the Cougars 13-1 on April 11.
April 28 -- At Worthington Kilbourne (DH)
*April 30 -- Home vs. International. The Braves beat the Lions 16-0 on April 13.
*May 2 -- At Linden. The Braves beat the Panthers 20-7 on April 19.
April 26 -- At Thomas Worthington
April 27 -- At Hartley
April 30 -- City final at Africentric
May 1 -- Home vs. Franklin Heights
TRACK & FIELD
April 28 -- Gary Smith Invitational at Thomas Worthington
May 2 -- At Centennial
April 26 -- Home vs. Beechcroft
April 28 -- Home vs. Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph and Westerville South
May 1 -- Home vs. Eastmoor Academy
May 2 -- At Licking Heights. The Braves lost to the Hornets 25-21, 25-19, 25-16 on April 10.