Weather has played havoc on the early part of the season for the Johnstown-Monroe High School baseball team.
The Johnnies went eight days between games before losing to Lakewood 8-2 on April 12 in LCL play. One day later, they lost to Granville 7-5 in another league contest.
“We haven’t had any consistency with the weather being what it has been,” said coach Justin Richards, whose team was 2-5 overall and 0-3 in the LCL-Cardinal Division before playing Utica on April 15. “We need to start to get into a groove.”
The Johnnies lost their league opener to Newark Catholic 8-4 on April 4 then did not play again until facing Lakewood.
Dalton Hastings singled for the lone hit against the Lancers, and Jaren Hewitt had two RBI.
“The kids have to reset their minds and it’s sometimes hard to do that when you have a layoff like that,” Richards said. “We had a lead (against Granville), but we made two errors and that was the difference. We need to cut down on mistakes and until we do that we’re going to struggle.”
The Johnnies defeated DeSales 7-5 on April 14. Trent Coe and Ty Helmke both had two singles, and Hastings singled and had three RBI. Peyton Clift singled and drove in two.
LaRoche, Mast lead girls track team
Abi LaRoche and Grace Mast won multiple events for the girls track and field team in a four-team home meet April 12. Mast won the 300-meter hurdles (51.7 seconds), 1,600 (6:20) and 800 (2:57.9), and LaRoche won the 200 (29.9) and 400 (1:10) as the Johnnies finished second (115 points) behind Heath (117) and ahead of Patriot Prep (19) and Ohio School for the Deaf (3).
Paul Lang won the 400 (52.9) for the boys team, which was second (92) behind Heath (142) and ahead of Patriot Prep (7) and Ohio School for the Deaf (4). Josh Ashbrook won the high jump (5 feet, 8 inches) and Josiah Annis won the pole vault (12-0).
On April 14, the boys won the six-team home Vic Thompson Relays with 61 points, ahead of runner-up Newark Catholic (41). The girls were fourth (35) as Newark Catholic (46) won.
Alley scores big in lacrosse loss
Hunter Alley scored all five goals for the boys lacrosse team in a 16-5 loss to Bexley on April 13.
Goalkeeper Matt Dickson had six saves, as the Johnnies dropped to 1-4 before playing the Dayton Eagles Lacrosse Club on April 15.
Johnstown also lost to Franklin 12-8 on April 9.
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