Senior Noah Glimcher has fond memories of the Columbus Academy baseball team competing in a Division III regional final in 2018.
The Vikings finished 19-14 with a 7-2 loss to Coldwater, falling one win shy of reaching their first state tournament since 2003.
After finishing 13-12 with an 8-0 loss to Northridge in a district semifinal last season, Glimcher and his teammates were looking forward to rebounding this year and contending for another district title.
That opportunity ended when spring sports were canceled because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
"I was hoping that we could go further (than last season)," said Glimcher, who lives in Blacklick. "It's hard. We didn't have as many pitchers as we did the last two years. ... Once we all came together as a team and got our pitching together, we would have done just as good and I was hoping to do better."
Glimcher (P/INF) was part of a three-player senior class that also included Mitch Priest (P/INF) and Andrew Leaventon (P/C/INF/DH). They ended up leaving Academy with unfinished business on the diamond.
"We did a virtual ceremony and got a chance to recognize those three seniors for everything that they did for the program," said coach Todd Dunkle, who would have been in his sixth season. "It was good, it went well, but it's also really hard because it put an end to something that we really never got to start."
With the pitching staff hit hard by graduation, Glimcher was expected to become the ace.
"He was going to be our No. 1," Dunkle said. "He looked good in practice. He looked good throwing off the mound. He gained some more maturity, so we were excited. With him on the mound, we figured we could compete with just about anybody."
Last season, Glimcher went 3-3 with a 5.44 ERA, 36 strikeouts and 32 walks in 37 1/3 innings. He batted .283 with four doubles, 15 runs and 10 RBI and was named second-team all-MSL-Ohio Division.
As a sophomore, Glimcher was a key contributor on the team that reached a regional final. He hit .310 and was 3-1 with a 3.08 ERA, 40 strikeouts and 42 walks in 47 2/3 innings.
"I always look forward to the baseball season," Glimcher said. "I like playing games more than practicing, but I know practice helps us do better in games. In the three years and all the different coaches we had come in and out, they've all been great. Coach Dunkle has been super chill. We're all like a big family and we've had a lot of fun. I'm bummed out we couldn't have a season this year."
Glimcher will attend Otterbein, but is unsure if he will join the baseball team as a freshman.
"I'm thinking about playing in college," he said. "Otterbein offered me, but I'm studying business and I want to get (a business) running before I get out of college. I don't know if I'm going to have time for all of that. I'm trying to figure that out. ... There's more of a chance of me playing second year."