As the postseason approaches, the Grove City Christian School baseball team continues to gain valuable experience for its relatively young squad.
The Eagles were 6-9 overall and 4-7 in the MSL-Cardinal Division before closing league play May 6 against Millersport. They wrap up the regular season Saturday, May 11, against visiting Ready.
"Coming off a few games recently, I like where we are compared to three weeks ago, but not where I had hoped we'd be at this point," coach A.J. McCampbell said. "We have a lot of young guys getting their first time of varsity experience. We've had a lot of growing pains."
The Eagles are seeded 10th of 16 teams in the Division IV district tournament and play at ninth-seeded Tree of Life in the first round Monday, May 13. The winner plays top-seeded Newark Catholic or 16th-seeded Patriot Prep in the second round Wednesday, May 15, at the home of the better seed.
"You hit the tournament and all it takes is being at the right time and having the right chemistry or you get a pitcher who's hot or you have multiple pitchers where other teams only have one," McCampbell said. "All it takes is a little bit of a bounce here and there and you have a great tournament run when your regular season wasn't that good."
Through 15 games, Cameron Downton was batting a team-high .448, followed by Gavin Robbins (.405) and Jake Spegal (.353).
Robbins (14), Downton (12) and Tom Suhayda (10) led in RBI, and Downton (14), Spegal (12) and Robbins (11) led in runs. Downton had the team's only two home runs.
On the mound, Spegal was 3-0 with a 3.21 ERA, 45 strikeouts and 13 walks.
Softball team opens district tournament
The 11th-seeded softball team was 5-12 before playing at eighth-seeded Delaware Christian in the first round of the Division IV district tournament May 6.
The winner played at top-seeded Danville in the second round May 8, with that winner playing fifth-seeded Fisher Catholic, seventh-seeded Millersport, ninth-seeded Shekinah Christian or 12th-seeded Tree of Life in a district semifinal Monday, May 13, at a neutral site.
Grove City Christian entered the week with makeup games remaining against Harvest Prep on Thursday, May 9, and Millersport on a date to be determined.
"With the talent we have, we've played as we expected," coach Ron Kennedy said. "They definitely made some mistakes and could be a little better, but it's hard to judge. We definitely would have had three or four more wins if we didn't have our typical bad innings."
Kennedy said the strong play of senior catcher Megan McGrath and freshman pitcher Maddie Anderson had been among the highlights.
Below is the coming schedule for the Grove City Christian track & field team:
May 11 -- MSL-Cardinal meet at Millersport
May 14, 16, 18 -- Division III district meet at Watkins Memorial. The top four finishers in each event advance to regional May 22 and 24 at Fairfield Union.