Walters delivers for Big Walnut


By Michael Rich - mrichdelgazette@gmail.com - By Ben Stroup - bstroup@delgazette.com



Big Walnut’s Meredith Thomas crosses home plate with a smile on her face. Her run, off an RBI single by Stacey Walters, ended the eight-inning game. Big Walnut pitcher Alex Thomas delivers a pitch during last Tuesday’s 7-6 win over St. Francis DeSales at Big Walnut. Thomas pitched three innings in relief for the win.


Stacey Walters sent them home happy with a walk-off single in the eighth inning to give the Big Walnut softball team a 7-6 victory over St. Francis DeSales in non-league action Tuesday (April 18) in Sunbury.

Walters’ RBI single scored Meredith Thomas, who led the inning off with a double, allowing the Golden Eagles to overcome a late comeback by DeSales.

The Stallions scored three times in the fifth before tying it up with a run in the seventh.

Taryn Hammond went a perfect 5-for-5 at the plate to lead the Eagles (6-6). Meredith Thomas had three hits, two RBI and two runs, Jess Coletta also had three hits and Alexyss Bullock added two hits and a couple of RBI.

Alex Thomas got the win in the circle, allowing an unearned run over three innings in relief. She gave up three hits and struck out two.

Doubleheader, April 22

Stacey Walters singled home Jojo Lucas with the game-winning run to lead the Big Walnut softball team to a walk-off 4-3 win over visiting Westerville South in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday in Sunbury.

The Golden Eagles trailed 3-1 before plating a pair of runs in the sixth and the single tally in the seventh.

Walters finished 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. Alex Thomas also had a pair of hits in the win.

In addition to her heroics at the plate, Walters was solid in the circle. She allowed three runs (one earned) while striking out six and walking three en route to a complete-game win.

The second game was significantly less thrilling but just as productive as Big Walnut walked away with a 14-1, five-inning win.

Alex Thomas led the way from the plate and the circle in the win. She allowed just a run on five hits while striking out three in the circle, and helped herself out at the plate with a 3-for-4, four-RBI performance.

Other BW standouts included Meredith Thomas, who was 2-for-3 with three runs and two RBI; Taryn Hammond, who closed 2-for-4 with three runs and two knocked in; and Walters and Jess Coletta, who had two hits apiece.

BASEBALL

Big Walnut broke out for six runs in the third inning and leaned on its two-headed monster in Austin Becker and Henry von Hollen on the mound to secure a 6-1 non-league win over Hilliard Bradley Tuesday (April 18) in Sunbury.

Austin Becker broke a 1-1 tie with a two-run double in the deciding inning after Jake Foster was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to tie it up.

Noah Sprowls hit a sacrifice fly and Zach Rines added a single to give the Golden Eagles (9-4) their cushion. Rines had two hits to lead the offense.

Becker tossed four innings to pick up the win on the mound. He gave up an unearned run on a hit and a walk and had nine strikeouts.

Von Hollen struck out four and allowed four hits over the final three innings in relief.

Also: Big Walnut 8, Franklin Heights 2 (April 19)

Doubleheader, April 22

Orange and visiting Big Walnut split a pair of competitive non-league showdowns Saturday (April 22) in Lewis Center.

The Pioneers picked up an 8-6 win in the opener before the Golden Eagles held off a late rally to take the second game 9-8.

BW scored twice in the top of the fifth to take a 4-2 lead in the first game, but Orange scored three times in the bottom of the fifth and plated three more runs in the sixth to take control.

Matt Poole and Tyler Brown finished with two hits apiece, with Poole scoring a game-best three runs.

Logan Moss picked up the win, allowing four runs (two earned) on three hits while striking out two and walking two in 4.1 innings of work.

Parker Imertreijs, who had two doubles, and Colton Lee had two hits apiece for the Eagles. Lee was charged with the loss, allowing five runs (three earned) on six hits in four innings of action.

BW jumped out to a 9-3 lead in the second game before Orange plated five runs in the sixth to make things interesting.

Jake Foster had a double and three RBI, Austin Becker finished 2-for-2 with three knocked in and Noah Sprowls had a pair of hits in the win.

Henry von Hollen tossed all seven innings to collect the complete-game win. He allowed eight runs (six earned) on 10 hits while striking out three and walking one.

Brown finished a perfect 4-for-4 with two RBI at the plate for the Pioneers.

Big Walnut 9, Groveport-Madison 7

Henry von Hollen had a pair of doubles and four RBI, Austin Becker had three hits and three runs scored and Connor Gerren chipped in two hits, three RBI and three runs to help BW outlast visiting Groveport Monday (April 24) in Sunbury.

The Golden Eagles, down 2-0 before even coming to the plate, scored three times in the bottom of the first to take an early lead.

Groveport answered with a four spot in the fourth, but a three-run bottom half put Big Walnut on top for good.

SOFTBALL

Big Walnut 25, Franklin Heights 4; 5 inn.

The Golden Eagles turned the wheel several times over in a 19-run second inning en route to a lopsided victory over Franklin Heights in OCC-Capital action Wednesday (April 19) in Sunbury.

BW had 11 consecutive base runners reach in the inning, 10 of which reached on base hits. Seven different players had multi-hit games for the Eagles (6-6, 3-2) and eight different players drove in more multiple runs, led by Meredith Thomas with four RBI.

Alex Thomas pitched all five innings for the win, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits with nine strikeouts.

BOYS LACROSSE

Campbell Allen scored two goals and assisted on five others to lead Big Walnut to an 11-7 win over visiting Bowling Green Saturday (April 22) in Sunbury.

Other Golden Eagle standouts included Joe Blubaugh, who had three goals and an assist; Nathan Montgomery, who had three goals of his own; and Michael Murphy, who had two goals in the win.

Josh Hageman anchored the defense with 14 saves in the BW goal.

Also: Big Walnut 14, Westerville South 9 (April 19)

GIRLS LACROSSE

New Albany 18, Olentangy 8

Big Walnut 3, Canal Winchester 1

Alex Thomas allowed just one hit in the circle and helped herself at the plate with a pair of hits and an RBI as the Golden Eagles picked up a league win Monday (April 24) in Canal Winchester.

Big Walnut scored the only runs it would need in the first, plating two to take a 2-0 lead.

The Eagles added an insurance run in the sixth before the Indians finally got to Thomas in the bottom half to smooth out the scoring summary.

Stacey Walters and Jess Coletta also knocked in runs in the win.

BOYS TENNIS

Big Walnut 5, Franklin Heights 0 (April 19)

BOYS VOLLEYBALL

Olentangy 3, Olentangy Liberty 2

SCOREBOARD

BASEBALL

Hilliard Bradley vs Big WALNUT results for 4/18/17

Bradley 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 2

Big Walnut (9-4) 0 0 6 0 0 0 x 6 5 1

Bradley: Barren (L), Norris and Miles

Big Walnut: A. Becker (W), von Hollen and Imertreijs

Groveport vs. Big Walnut, 4/24

Groveport 2 0 0 4 0 1 0 7 8 4

Big Walnut 3 0 2 3 0 1 x 9 12 3

Groveport

Mayes (L), Morgan and Hubner

2B- Pantija (2)

3B- Snyder

Big Walnut

Seiple, Sprowls (W) and Kletrovetz

2B-von Hollen, Lee

Big Walnut Boys Lacrosse: Game 8 update, Sat. 4/22

Big Walnut Varsity Boys lacrosse beat Bowling Green HS at home 11-7 to improve to a 5-3 overall record.

Goals/Assists: Campbell Allen: 2 goals/5 assists; Joe Blubaugh: 3/1; Nathan Montgomery: 3/0; Michael Murphy: 2/0; Connor Walzak: 1/0; Judah Lozano: 0/2; Sam Metzger: 0/1; Josh Hageman 14 saves.

Next Game: Tuesday 4/25 at home vs. Olentangy.

Big Walnut Boys Lacrosse: Game 7 update

Big Walnut Boys Varsity beat Westerville South at home 14-9 to improve to 4-3 on the season.

Goals/Assists: Campbell Allen: 5 goals/4 Assists; Nathan Montgomery 3/0; Seth Daniels 1/2; Joe Blubaugh 2/0; Michael Murphy, Tyler Vojtush and Connor Walzak each with a goal; Judah Lozano 0/1; Josh Hageman 6 saves in goal.

SOFTBALL

Desales vs Big Walnut Softball

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Runs Hits Errors

Desales 1 0 1 0 3 0 1 0 6 11 1

Big Walnut (6 – 6) 0 3 0 3 0 0 0 1 7 17 2

Desales = Barber, Velazquez (4th) & Longanecker

BW = Walters, A. Thomas (6th) & Coletta

WP = A. Thomas (BW)

HR = Desales – Orzechowski (1st) solo & Payne (5th) 1 on

BW Highlights: Hammond – 5 for 5, RBI; Coletta – 3 for 4; M. Thomas – 3 for 5, double, 2 RBI; Bullock – 2 for 4, 2 RBI.

Franklin Heights vs Big Walnut Softball (4/19)

Team 1 2 3 4 5 Runs Hits Errors

Franklin Heights 1 0 3 0 0 4 5 4

Big Walnut (6 – 6) 0 4 19 1 1 X 25 25 1

Franklin Heights = Heery, Hammer 3rd, & Love

BW = A. Thomas & Coletta; WP = A. Thomas (BW)

HR = FH 3rd Jones, one on

BW Highlights: 25 Team Hits

Big Walnut vs Westerville North Fri 4/21

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Runs Hits Errors

Big Walnut (7-5) 1 0 0 2 2 2 0 7 16 0

Westerville North (7-8) 2 0 1 0 2 0 0 5 5 1

BW = Walters, A. Thomas (4th) & Coletta; WP = A. Thomas (BW)

Westerville North = Zody, Palmer(4th), Zody (5th) & Scarantine

BW Highlights: M. Thomas 3 for 4, 2 Doubles, 2 RBI’s; J. Lucas 3 for 4

Westerville South vs BW Double Header Softball, 4/233

Game 1 Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Runs Hits Errors

Westerville South 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 3 8 1

Big Walnut (9-6) 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 4 9 2

BW = Walters & Coletta; WP = Walters (BW)

Westerville South = Bame & Batchelder

Game 2 Team 1 2 3 4 5 Runs Hits Errors

Westerville South 0 0 0 1 0 1 5 3

Big Walnut (10-6) 1 0 9 4 X 14 13 0

BW = A. Thomas & Coletta; WP = A. Thomas (BW)

Westerville South = Bame, (3rd) Antonaros, Phillips, (4th) Bame & Batchelder

Big Walnut vs Canal Winchester – Softball (4/24)

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Runs Hits Errors

Big Walnut (11-6) 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 7 2

Canal Winchester (4 – 14) 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 3

BW = A. Thomas & Coletta; WP = A. Thomas (BW)

Canal Winchester = Gidley & Saulnier

BW Highlights: A. Thomas – 2 for 3, double, RBI

HS Tennis Result: Franklin Heights @ Big Walnut (4-18-17)

1s: Gabe Mexicott (BW) def. Jose Montoya: 6-1, 6-1

2s: Sebastian Kirkpatrick (BW) def. default

3s: Collin Bates (BW) def. default

1D: Hunter Rankin / Mitchell Cholley (BW) def. Dustin Henderson / Jordan Bailey: 6-0, 6-0

2D: Jake Glidden / Brock Knepp (BW) def. default

BW 5 FH 0

BW Season Record: 6-3 (2-1 OCC)

HS Tennis Result: Canal Winchester @ Big Walnut (4-19-17)

1s: J. Deel (BW) def. Clark: 6-1, 6-2

2s. M. Pushkin (BW) def. Caskey: 6-0, 6-0

3s: L. Davis (BW) def. default

1D: S. Pushkin / N. Schulz (BW) def. Noel / Urginov: 6-1, 6-1

2D: D. Werner / M. Cholley (BW) def. Adams / Saunders: 6-0, 6-0

BW 5 Canal 0

BW Season Record: 7-3 (3-1 OCC)

HS Tennis Result: Big Walnut @ Buckeye Valley (4-24-17)

1s: Deel (BW) def. Roden: 6-2, 6-1

2s: Werner (BW) def. Swanger: 4-6, 6-1, 6-3

3s: N. Baesman (BV) def. Mexicott: 6-0, 6-2

1D: M. Pushkin / S. Pushkin (BW) def. K. Baesman / Garnett: 6-3, 4-6, 6-1

2D: Schulz / Davis (BW) def. Kehoe / Naslund: 7-6, 6-2

BW 4 BV 1

BW Season Record: 8-3 (3-1 OCC)

BW GIRLS TRACK & FIELD

2017 Gahanna Relays 4/19/17

1) Gahanna 124

2) Pickerington Central 110

3) Big Walnut 82

4) Bishop Hartley 54.5

5) Westerville North 41

6) DeSales 41

7) New Albany 29

8) Hamilton Township 26

9) Licking Heights 18

10) Walnut Ridge 18

11) Eastmoor Academy 16

12) Whitehall 8.5

13) Independence 8

100 dash: Hanna Pinkston 13.41 8th place

800 run: Kaitlin Meade 2:28.52 3rd place

4×100 relay: 54.60 Hanna Pinkston, Tori Buxton, Ashleigh Althauser, Gretchen Houser

4×200 relay: 1:52.88 8th place Hanna Pinkston, Tori Buxton, Bryn Rammelsberg, Julia Wood

4×400 relay 4:13.24 4th place

Tori Buxton, Emma Padgett, Kaley Rammelsberg, Kaitlin Meade

Shuttle Hurdles 1:08.50: 2nd place Ashleigh Althauser, Gretchen Houser, Tori Rammelsberg, Kaley Rammelsberg

4×800 relay: 10:04.90 2nd place Kaitlin Meade, Adelee Gartner, Emma Padgett, Colbi Borland

Sprint Medley (100-100-200-400): 1:58.54 7th place Tori Buxton, Bryn Rammelsberg, Hanna Pinkston, Kaitlin Meade

Mixed Medley (800-400-400-800): 7:36.39 2nd place Emma Padgett, Becca Bogantz, Julia Wood, Adelee Gartner

Distance Lap Medley (800-400-1200-1600): 13:49.95 3rd place Becca Bogantz, Alina Pecci, Adelee Gartner, Colbi Borland

High Jump: 9’ 10” 1st place Kaley Rammelsberg, Meredith Seiple

Long Jump: 29’ 7.25” 4th place Kaley Rammelsberg, Mackenzie West

Pole Vault: 15’ 0” 2nd place Julia Wood, Sydney Parker

Shot Put: 62’ 4” 2nd place Anna Vrancken, Maddie Swank

Discus: 208’ 1” 2nd place Anna Vrancken, Maddie Swank

Girls Track and Field; 2017 Brooke Relays (4/22)

1) Big Walnut 150

2) Euclid 79

3) Oak Glen 75.16

4) Linsly 57

5) Indian Creek 50.66

6) Steubenville 43.66

7) Magnolia 43

8) Weir 32

9) Brooke 31.66

10) East Liverpool 28.66

11) Wheeling Central Cath. 26

12) Madonna 24

13) Edison 23.16

14) Tyler Consolidated 20

High jump: Kaley Rammelsberg 5’ 2” 1st place; Meredith Seiple 4’ 6” 4th place

Long jump: Kaley Rammelsberg 15’ 0” 3rd place; Mackenzie West 13’ 5”

Pole Vault: Julia Wood 7’ 6” 2nd place; Sydney Parker 7’ 0” 3rd place

Discus: Anna Vrancken 103’ 3” 3rd place; Maddie Swank 93’ 5”

Shot put: Anna Vrancken 32’ 0” 3rd place; Julia Vrancken 25’ 9”

4×800 relay: 10:27.52 1st place: Colbi Borland, Becca Bogantz, Chloe McKenzie, Adelee Gartner

100 hurdles: Kaley Rammelsberg 16.38/16.46 1st place; Ashleigh Althauser 17.97/18.55 6th place

100 dash: Hanna Pinston 13.78/14.10 7th place; Alle English 15.12

4×200 relay 1:55.38 5th place: Hanna Pinkston, Tori Buxton, Julia Wood, Kaitlin Meade

1600 run: Colbi Borland 5:38.83 2nd place; Chloe McKenzie 6:01.68 7th place

4×100 relay 55.44 4th place: Hanna Pinkston, Ashleigh Althauser, Alle English, Gretchen Houser

400 dash: Kaitlin Meade 1:02.96 7th place; Tori Buxton 1:05.53

300 hurdles: Tori Rammelsberg 50.95 4th place; Tori Buxton 54.10 7th place

800 run: Kaitlin Meade 2:25.72 1st place; Adelee Gartner 2:36.46 4th place

200 dash: Hanna Pinkston 27.82/28.42 5th place; Gretchen Houser 31.13

3200 run: Colbi Borland 12:27.89 1st place; Hannah Moroz 13:29.77 3rd place

Shuttle hurdles 1:10.72 1st place: Ashleigh Althauser, Tori Rammelsberg, Gretchen Houser, Kaley Rammelsberg

4×400 relay 4:30.66 3rd place: Tori Buxton, Adelee Gartner, Becca Bognatz, Kaitlin Meade

What an amazing meet! We seem to always have success at Brooke Relays, our nearly annual bonding trek to West Virginia, but holy moly! I never thought we would have a meet like this. The youngster really put it together and performed incredibly. Not only does the meet serve as a great way for the girls to bond, but after what they were able to put together on the track and field this should be another major confidence boost.

Highlights: We improve our overall record to 70-7

Kaley Rammelsberg scored 28.5 points to win the meet’s High Point Award. She becomes the program’s 5th High Point Award winner in our 13th year going to the Brooke Relays: Heather Moore (1998), Amy Winter (2002), Brea Medlock (2009), and Olivia Small (2013)

We were able to have six champions, and double score in seven events.

We also scored in every single event. That alone makes us hard to beat week in and week out, if we can continue that, great things will continue to happen.

Kaley Rammelsberg’s performance was incredible. 3 firsts and a 3rd, what a day she had. She is an amazing athlete who is capable of having these type of performances every week.

Hanna Pinkston continues to get stronger. She had a long day, running two prelims and four finals. But she handled it like a pro. As her confidence and experience grows, her performances will get even better.

As a freshman, Colbi Borland is becoming a force to reckon with in the distance races. She comes from a running family, and distance coach, Kevin Lewis, is giving her the guidance to come up big in the 1600 and 3200 runs. She is on pace to be a part of some record breaking performances very soon.

Kaitlin Meade and Tori Buxton were true workhorses for me this weekend. Kaitlin ran the 400 dash, the 4×200 relay, the 800 run, and the 4×400 relay; Tori nearly matched her running the 400 dash, the 4×200 relay, the 300 hurdles, and the 4×400 relay. They combined for 24 points, and they keep getting stronger. They are two superb athletes that make life easy in that I know I can put them wherever needed, and they give 100%.

Big Walnut’s Meredith Thomas crosses home plate with a smile on her face. Her run, off an RBI single by Stacey Walters, ended the eight-inning game. Big Walnut pitcher Alex Thomas delivers a pitch during last Tuesday’s 7-6 win over St. Francis DeSales at Big Walnut. Thomas pitched three innings in relief for the win.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/48/2017/04/web1_BWSB.41817.02.a.jpgBig Walnut’s Meredith Thomas crosses home plate with a smile on her face. Her run, off an RBI single by Stacey Walters, ended the eight-inning game. Big Walnut pitcher Alex Thomas delivers a pitch during last Tuesday’s 7-6 win over St. Francis DeSales at Big Walnut. Thomas pitched three innings in relief for the win.

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By Michael Rich

mrichdelgazette@gmail.com

By Ben Stroup

bstroup@delgazette.com

Follow Michael Rich on Twitter @mrichdelgazette. Follow Ben Stroup on Twitter @delgazette_ben. Information for this story was also provided by the coaches.

Follow Michael Rich on Twitter @mrichdelgazette. Follow Ben Stroup on Twitter @delgazette_ben. Information for this story was also provided by the coaches.