Grove City High School baseball coach Ryan Alexander is confident his team will bounce back from a disappointing start.

The Greyhounds were 3-7 overall and 0-1 in the OCC-Ohio Division before playing Lancaster on April 8, looking to snap a four-game losing streak.

A lack of offense has led to the team's struggles. Grove City was hitting .222 with 50 strikeouts through nine games.

Jacob Burris was the only player hitting over .300. He was batting .379 with two home runs and seven RBI.

"This is our crew, and we believe in them," Alexander said. "Our pitching has been great. I'm praying that that old saying that usually pitching is two weeks ahead of hitters comes into play for us and we start doing things that we know how to do at the plate."

The Greyhounds went 2-3 during their spring-break trip to Alabama and Florida and defeated Thomas Worthington 8-1 on April 1 in their return to central Ohio before suffering four close losses.

They had a 3-2 setback at Lancaster on April 5 to open league play and lost at Marysville 3-1 on April 6, with Connor Goss hitting an RBI single in the third inning.

Grove City also lost to Olentangy Orange 1-0 on April 2 and Upper Arlington 2-1 on April 3.

"We are struggling at executing," Alexander said. "We can't get the big first out. We can't get the big third out. Our pitching has been so good. The main thing we're struggling with is we can't get that leadoff guy on. We cannot bunt, so we're looking for guys who can do those two things."

Boys tennis team out to good start

The boys tennis team got out to a good start under first-year coach Josh Chandler.

The Greyhounds were 2-0 before opening OCC-Ohio play April 9 against Lancaster.

Grove City defeated Central Crossing 5-0 on April 2 in Chandler's first match against his alma mater. He is a 2007 graduate of Central Crossing.

Winners were Tyler Sander 6-3, 6-2 at first singles, Brayden Smith 6-2, 6-2 at second singles, Corbin Nickoloff 0-6, 6-2, 6-2 at third singles, Kaleb Coakley and Tyler Fulk 6-3, 6-0 at first doubles and Jesse Stevens and Nicholas Bungart 6-0, 6-1 at second doubles.

The Greyhounds also defeated Marysville 3-2 on April 5. Winners were Smith 6-4, 7-6 at second singles, Nickoloff 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 at third singles and Stevens and Bungart 6-4, 7-6 at second doubles.

"I could not be prouder of the progress we have made already," Chandler said. "Our entire team has been working incredibly hard in practices and huge improvements can already be seen in their footwork, ground strokes and serves. I'm very proud of them and can't wait to see where we go from here."

Late homer lifts softball team to win

Maddie Wilcox's three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning lifted the softball team to a 6-5 win over visiting Marysville on April 6.

It was Wilcox's second homer of the game.

Grove City was 7-4 before playing Olentangy on April 8 and Lancaster on April 10 in its OCC-Ohio opener.

The Greyhounds scored six runs in the fourth inning in a 13-7 win over New Albany on April 5. They collected 13 hits to support winning pitcher Mylie Torres.

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Schedules

Below are the coming schedules for the Grove City baseball, softball, boys tennis and track & field teams:

BASEBALL

*April 12 -- At Reynoldsburg

*April 15 -- Home vs. Gahanna

*April 17 -- At Gahanna

SOFTBALL

*April 11 -- Home vs. Reynoldsburg

*April 15 -- Home vs. Gahanna

*April 17 -- At Pickerington Central

BOYS TENNIS

*April 11 -- Home vs. Reynoldsburg

April 12 -- Home vs. Hartley

April 15 -- At Hilliard Davidson

*April 16 -- Home vs. Gahanna

April 17 -- Home vs. Groveport

TRACK & FIELD

April 12 -- Best of the South-West meet at Franklin Heights

April 16 -- Home vs. Pickerington North and Ready

*League contest