In addition to pitching one of the best games of his career, Drake McAninch came up in the bottom of the seventh inning with one on and two out and the Watterson High School baseball team locked in a scoreless game against St. Charles.
McAninch delivered a single that moved the runner to third, and Noah Grayem followed with a RBI single to give the Eagles a 1-0 victory on April 24.
Watterson lost to Columbus Academy 8-7 on April 27 and was 13-3 overall and 2-1 in the CCL before playing DeSales on April 29 and Hartley on April 30. The Eagles lost to DeSales 2-1 on April 12.
Watterson closes out league play with games Friday, May 3, at Ready, Monday, May 6, at St. Charles and Wednesday, May 8, at Hartley.
"We've had a chip on our shoulder this year because no one thought we were going to be very good," McAninch said. "(The win over St. Charles) was an awesome experience, something I won't forget for a long time."
McAninch, an Ashland University recruit, threw a one-hitter against the Cardinals and has been leading the Eagles on the mound. Through 15 games, he was 5-0 with a 0.46 ERA and 46 strikeouts in 30 1/3 innings.
He also was batting .405 with eight RBI and eight runs scored.
One of Watterson's other leading hitters is senior infielder Adam Fallon, a Bowling Green recruit who was batting .431 with 12 RBI and 15 runs through 15 games while also making three appearances as a pitcher.
"I've been seeing the ball pretty well, hitting the barrel consistently and taking each pitch to hopefully find a hole somewhere," Fallon said. "I kind of think (our big key is) to stay humble. Being at Watterson, there's always a target on our backs because of our history. We were coming into this season as a sleeper team after losing big names like (2018 graduates) Nate Meyer, Josh Brobst and Cole Andrews. We're just staying humble and staying together as a team."
Volleyball squad rounding info form
The boys volleyball team has just six regular-season matches remaining, a stretch that includes matchups against Division I programs such as Upper Arlington (Friday, May 3) and Dublin Coffman (Wednesday, May 8).
Watterson was ranked eighth in last week's Division II state poll, with the only area team ranked ahead of it being top-ranked and defending state champion St. Charles.
The Eagles lost a pair of matches to the Cardinals but swept DeSales to finish 2-2 in the CCL.
Watterson was 6-6 overall after falling to Olentangy Liberty 25-19, 25-23, 25-23 on April 25 and Mount Vernon 25-10, 25-12 on April 27 and before facing Briggs on April 30.
"Every time we play (St. Charles), we go back and see what we learned," coach Ryan Thompson said. "The mentality is, what are we going to change after that, what are we getting better at?"
Through 10 matches, senior outside hitter Jack Brinkman had a team-high 213 kills and senior outside hitter/right-side hitter Jake Page had 151.
Senior outside hitter/right-side hitter Jared Sommer and senior middle hitter Ethan Burchard also have been key players, according to Thompson.
"Jack is one of our captains again this year and is our leader in kills at this point in the season," Thompson said. "Jake is up to 151 kills, and probably one of the bigger improvements has been by Jared and Ethan, athletically, in volleyball skills and competitiveness."
Boys lacrosse team edges Stallions
With an 11-10 overtime win over DeSales on April 25 at Fortress Obetz, the boys lacrosse team is in position to capture the CCL championship. The Eagles close the regular season May 9 at St. Charles.
The Eagles were 10-2 overall before facing Bexley on April 30.
Dominic Dean had four goals, Max Graham scored three and goalkeeper Max Balyeat made 11 saves against DeSales, which is the defending Division II state champion and defeated Watterson 13-7 last season.
The Eagles' only losses through 12 games were to Worthington Kilbourne (10-9 on March 16) and Cincinnati Indian Hill (9-8 on April 13).
Bressoud impressive for softball team
The softball team was 13-7 and 3-2 before facing DeSales on April 29.
Senior outfielder Gracie Bressoud played a big role offensively in victories over Dublin Scioto (11-6 on April 23) and Hartley (12-2 in six innings April 24).
Against the Irish, Bressoud went 4-for-5 with three RBI and one stolen base in support of pitcher Moira O'Reilly. And against Hartley, Bressoud was 3-for-5 with one home run, eight RBI and three runs scored as O'Reilly allowed five hits.
Through 19 games, Bressoud was batting .540 with 15 RBI and 16 runs.
Watterson is the 15th seed for the Division I district tournament and will open Monday, May 6, at home against 41st-seeded Worthington Kilbourne.
Below are the coming schedules for the Watterson baseball, boys lacrosse, girls lacrosse, softball, boys tennis, track & field and boys volleyball teams:
*May 3 -- At Ready. The Eagles beat the Silver Knights 10-0 on April 17.
May 4 -- Upper Arlington at Bill Davis Stadium
*May 6 -- At St. Charles. The Eagles beat the Cardinals 1-0 on April 24.
May 7 -- At Jonathan Alder
*May 8 -- At Hartley
May 4 -- At Westerville Central
May 6 -- At Pickerington Central
*May 2 -- At Hartley
May 7 -- Dayton Carroll at Otterbein
May 3 -- Home vs. Northridge
May 6 -- Home vs. 41st-seeded Worthington Kilbourne in first round of Division I district tournament. Winner plays May 8 at 14th-seeded Dublin Jerome in second round.
May 2 -- At Worthington Christian
May 4 -- Hilliard Doubles Classic at Hilliard Davidson
May 6 -- Home vs. Davidson
*May 7 -- At Hartley
TRACK & FIELD
May 3 -- Larkin/Crosten Invitational at Thomas Worthington
May 6, 8 -- CCL meet at Columbus School for Girls
May 2 -- At Whetstone
May 3 -- At Upper Arlington
May 8 -- At Dublin Coffman