For Dublin Scioto High School softball player Sarah Booth, this year's Dublin Classic hits close to home.
The annual event will be held Saturday, May 4, at Scioto, with the three Dublin teams facing each other not only for community bragging rights, but to help support a good cause. Proceeds from the event will benefit the American Cancer Society, with each program's donation going toward research for a specific type of cancer.
Scioto selected melanoma, a form of skin cancer. Booth, a junior infielder and pitcher, is familiar with the disease as her mother, Heather, was diagnosed with it earlier this year and is undergoing chemotherapy.
"I've (played) in three (Dublin Classic events) and this year we're doing skin cancer and my mom was diagnosed this year, so it's really special to me," Booth said. "A couple of girls on the team have parents with skin cancer. It's a good thing to do to unite us together."
Brooke Ott is looking forward to her first Dublin Classic as Scioto's head coach.
"We had a practice at the beginning of the year where the girls opened up about that type of stuff (illnesses) and it really brought them together as a team and as a family," Ott said. "That's been our big thing this year, trying to become more of a family. That along with other things have really brought this team together."
Coffman coach Scott Tillman said his team is raising money for brain cancer.
"The girls all know each other," Tillman said. "A lot of them play club ball together on Dublin travel teams and in rec leagues when they were young, so they know each other. (The event has) big games and they really enjoy it."
Jerome coach Alyssa Kelley said her team is raising money for kidney cancer.
"This event means the world to our program to participate in," she said. "We get the chance to raise money for good causes with other members of the community while playing the game that we love."
Scioto and Jerome will meet in the first game, which also is an OCC-Cardinal Division contest. The Irish lost to the host Celtics 4-0 on April 15.
Coffman and Jerome will meet in the second game, followed by the contest between Scioto and Coffman.
"I know the girls look forward to (the event) more than anyone else because they know half the girls on the other teams and they're out for blood," Ott said. "They want to be the supreme Dublin school, so they put a lot of passion into it."
In last year's event, Coffman defeated host Jerome 10-9 and Scioto 13-10 and the Celtics beat Scioto 4-3.
"It's bragging rights," Tillman said. "We won last year, so we're looking to try to defend this year."
The Irish snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 12-2, five-inning win at Worthington Kilbourne on April 24.
The game featured a triple play by Scioto in the fourth inning. Third baseman Emily Dinan started the play by snagging a line drive with the bases loaded. She then touched third base for the second out and threw the ball to first baseman Lucia Adams for the third out, as both runners had left their respective bases before Dinan made the catch.
Maddy Baughman had two singles and a double and Madi Comstock had three singles to lead the Irish offensively.
Booth pitched all five innings, allowing three hits while striking out one and walking five.
Scioto was 7-13 overall and 4-8 in the OCC-Cardinal before playing Thomas Worthington on April 30.
"We've been in a hole for a while," Ott said. "We started the season off really well. We had lots of hits in all of our games. That's how we're going to win games, by outscoring people. Lately, we've been quiet with the bats."
Through 19 games, Makayla Jauregui was batting .456, followed by Lauren Erickson (.344), Baughman (.327) and Dinan (.304).
Erickson led the team in doubles (7), RBI (20) and runs scored (25) and Jauregui had a team-high four home runs.
In the circle, Booth was 3-3 with a 6.27 ERA, 19 strikeouts and 34 walks in 41 1/3 innings and Haley Gibson was 4-9 with a 5.64 ERA, 28 strikeouts and 45 walks in 80 2/3 innings.
Rothe reaches scoring milestone in lacrosse
Ashleigh Rothe became the third member of the girls lacrosse team to score her 100th career goal this season.
The sophomore midfielder reached the milestone April 25 when she scored five goals in an 18-7 win over Delaware. Entering a game against Jerome on April 30, she had 52 goals on the season and 103 for her career.
Also against Delaware, Avery Schwab had six goals and Jessie Hartman scored four.
The Irish were 9-2 overall and 5-1 in the OCC-Cardinal before playing Jerome.
"It is not just one person making all these goals," coach Sarah Zink said. "It is a team effort collectively, as we have 71 assists this season. The girls are working hard as one team. The success of these ladies starts from their dedication to the sport by playing year-round, always continuing to improve, not being complacent, staying humble and supporting each other during practice by driving everyone to work harder."
Entering the contest against Jerome, Hartman had 30 goals on the season and 125 for her career and Allie Vogel had 12 goals on the season and 101 for her career.
Track teams compete in Gary Smith meet
The track and field teams competed in the Gary Smith Invitational on April 27 at Thomas.
Folake Olujide-Ajibade led the girls team by winning both the 100-meter hurdles (14.74 seconds) and 300 hurdles (46.02).
Nena Hayes placed second in the 100 hurdles (16.41), Marlae Davis was second in the 400 (1:06.29), Taysia Cordova was third in both the 100 (13.3) and 200 (26.96) and Alexandra Kasson was third in the long jump (15 feet, 9 1/4 inches).
Scioto finished third (93 points) of 14 teams, behind champion Thomas (104).
Xavier Lopes led the boys team by winning the high jump (6-5) and placing third in the 400 (52.03).
Trevor Page won the 1,600 (4:36.9) and Logan Rich was runner-up in the 300 hurdles (40.27) for the Irish, who finished eighth (48) of 14 teams, behind champion Thomas (107).
Below are the coming schedules for the Scioto baseball, boys lacrosse, girls lacrosse, softball, boys tennis, track & field and boys volleyball teams:
*May 3 -- Home vs. Hilliard Bradley
May 4 -- Home vs. Bexley
*May 6 -- At Bradley
*May 8 -- At Jerome
May 7 -- Home vs. St. Charles
May 2 -- Home vs. Hilliard Davidson
May 6 -- Home vs. Gahanna
May 3 -- Upper Arlington at Tremont Elementary School
May 4 -- Home vs. *Jerome and Coffman in Dublin Classic. The Irish lost to the Celtics 4-0 on April 15.
May 6 -- Home vs. 28th-seeded Olentangy Orange in first round of Division I district tournament. Winner plays 27th-seeded Pickerington North in second round May 8 at home of higher seed. The Irish are seeded 26th of 45 teams.
May 2 -- At Davidson
May 6 -- Home vs. Pickerington North
May 7 -- At Pickerington Central
TRACK & FIELD
May 3 -- Upper Arlington Larkin/Crosten Invitational at Thomas Worthington
*May 2 -- At Bradley. The Irish lost to the Jaguars 25-21, 19-25, 25-17, 25-14 on April 11.
May 3 -- At Jerome with Coffman in Battle of Dublin
*May 7 -- Home vs. Jerome. The Irish lost to the Celtics 25-15, 25-13, 25-12 on April 16.