Grove City High School softball coach Ted Williams and his players have been pleased with the team's resiliency so far this season.
The Greyhounds were 8-4 overall and 1-1 in the OCC-Ohio Division before playing Gahanna on April 15, responding several times from adversity to earn solid wins.
The latest instance occurred when Grove City bounced back from a league-opening 5-1 loss at Lancaster on April 10 to defeat visiting Reynoldsburg 13-3 in five innings April 11 at home.
"It's really nice to come back with a win and have confidence for our next games," senior left fielder Lauren Walls said. "We're doing really well. We can go far in the (Division I district) tournament and do really well in the league."
The Greyhounds have displayed an ability to rebound since the beginning of the season. After going 0-2 to start their spring-break trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, they finished the trip 3-2.
Grove City also responded from an 8-4 loss at Groveport on April 3 to win its next three games, including 6-5 over visiting Marysville on April 5. Maddie Wilcox's three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning helped erase an early 5-0 deficit.
In a game in which they outhit Lancaster 6-4, the Greyhounds fell victim to the long ball as Annabelle Farmer's two-run homer in the second and Madison Arent's three-run homer in the sixth accounted for the Golden Gales' runs.
Mylie Torres homered in the sixth for Grove City.
"We just didn't tie any hits together and it's been like that in a couple of games," Williams said.
The Greyhounds quickly recovered from that loss by beating Reynoldsburg, outhitting the Raiders 13-4, and Williams pointed to a shakeup in the lineup as a key to the performance.
Walls, who moved from fifth to ninth in the lineup, singled twice and doubled. She opened her team's scoring with a two-run single in the second.
Torres, who went the distance in the circle, had three hits and Wilcox added two. Avery Ciborek's solo homer in the third increased the lead to 4-1, and Grove City sealed the win with six runs in the fifth.
Torres allowed four hits while striking out six.
"We still have some things that we need to work on," Williams said. "We have to play as a team and pick each other up when someone gets down."
In the league race, Lancaster was 2-0 before playing Pickerington North on April 15. The Gales turned in a dominating effort in defeating Pickerington Central 9-0 on April 11.
Central, which is seeking its second league title in three years, finished second (7-3) behind Lancaster (8-2) last season.
Grove City plays host to Lancaster on Monday, April 22. The Greyhounds are seeking their first league title since 2014, when they won their third consecutive championship.
Track teams win Best of the South-West
The boys and girls track and field teams both won the Best of the South-West meet for the third consecutive season April 12 at Franklin Heights.
The boys (82) finished ahead of Franklin Heights (67), Central Crossing (58) and Westland (41) as Spencer Markham won the 1,600 meters (4 minutes, 57 seconds) and 3,200 (10:55.9).
Other individual winners were Adam Meister in the 800 (2:06.9) and Donovan Waugh in the pole vault (9 feet, 6 inches).
The girls (113) finished ahead of Central Crossing (53), Franklin Heights (45) and Westland (31). Individual winners were Lindsay Donaldson in the 400 (1:04), Sumer McWilliams in the 800 (2:45.4), Madeline Zezuto in the 1,600 (6:10.4), Morgan Waterman in the high jump (4-8) and Morgan Lemponen in the pole vault (10-7).
"The kids really stepped up and competed extremely well," coach Jane Taylor said. "We are so proud of them."
Boys tennis team out to slow start in OCC
The boys tennis team sought its first OCC-Ohio win when it played Gahanna on April 16.
The Greyhounds began league play 0-2, losing to Lancaster 3-2 on April 9 and Reynoldsburg 4-1 on April 11.
Against Reynoldsburg, Nicholas Bungart and Jesse Stevens won 6-4, 7-6 at second doubles.
Against Lancaster, Kaleb Coakley and Tyler Fulk won 6-4, 6-3 at first doubles and Bungart and Stevens won 6-4, 7-6 at second doubles.
Grove City improved to 3-3 overall with a 5-0 win over Hartley on April 12. Tyler Sander won 6-0, 6-0 at first singles, Brayden Smith won 6-0, 6-0 at second singles, Coakley and Fulk won 6-0, 6-1 at first doubles and Bungart and Stevens won 6-0, 6-0 at second doubles. Corbin Nickoloff won by forfeit at third singles.
First-year coach Josh Chandler has been pleased with his team's commitment.
"They text me (and) call me to see what they need to work on," Chandler said. "They really are competing."