Pioneers News · Orange High School Athletic Update 4/8-4/12 2019


Last Friday, April 5, the Pioneers traveled to Powell in a huge inner district game. Powell, the defending state champions were undefeated and hadn’t lost since before the post season of last year. Led by a dominating game on the mound by sophomore Josh Laisure, Orange beat Liberty 1-0. Laisure was the batter who drove in the game winning run.

On Saturday, April 6, the boys traveled to Pickerington Central for a double header. They beat the host Tigers by a score of 6-2 and then came from behind to beat Thomas Worthington on a walk off hit by junior infielder Braden Riley.

Monday the team was back in action at home taking on the defending state champs again. In a huge come from behind 8-7 victory the boys were able to beat Powell for the second straight time. The Patriots jumped out to a five run lead but junior pitcher Zane Lattig settled down and controlled Liberty. Going to bat in the home half of the sixth inning the Pioneers trailed 7-4 but after a two run game tying double by senior Tyler Ross, Laisure drove a ball up the middle bringing in the go-ahead run. Freshman Matt Wolfe got the save and junior Dean Bellinger picked up his first varsity win.

On Wednesday, the boys were back in action at home against a solid Westerville Central team, and had a incredible comeback in the last inning to beat the Warhawks 8-7. They scored five runs in the last inning to capped off by a walk off two run single by sophomore Sam Sells.

The team will now travel to Westerville Central tonight for another huge league game, first pitch is scheduled for 5:00 pm. Tomorrow they will host a loaded St. Ignatius team from Cleveland, first pitch is scheduled for 1:30 pm.


By: Tyler Ross



Varsity Softball played Canal Winchester on Monday, April 8th and lost  3-11. The girls tried their best but had trouble getting into the game and getting their bats on the ball. On Wednesday, April 10th, the Pioneers traveled to Powell to take on Liberty to open OCC- Buckeye play. The girls played under the lights for the first time this season but lost 1-6. The pioneers came out with a lot of energy but had trouble hitting because of the performance of liberty’s pitcher. The pioneers continued to maintain their energy and positive spirit, helping junior Delany Phillips get a run at the top of the sixth, making the score 1-3. Sadly, Liberty pulled ahead at the bottom of the sixth, scoring three runs, making the final score 1-6. On Thursday, April 11th, the girls played Westerville Central but lost 0-17 after 5 innings.

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Girls Lacrosse

This week Girls Lacrosse matched up against two hard teams. On Tuesday, April 9 the girls played their second home against New Albany. They put up a hard fight but unfortunately lost 1-22. Freshman Ellie Beck scored her first goal of the season to put the Pioneers on the board. On Thursday, April 11, the girls traveled to sister school Olentangy but were unable to get a win. The team lost a hard fought game 4-20. Tonight, April 12, the girls will be playing at home against Desales at 7pm.  


By: Abby Struntz


Boys Lacrosse

Boys Lacrosse had a tough week with some strong teams visiting. On Saturday, Olmsted Falls took down the Pioneers in a thrilling 6-4 game. Senior Mitchell Gifford, Braden Vance, junior Will Roby, and sophomore Tanner Hegerty all net one in the loss. The following Tuesday, the Pioneers were shut down by a talented New Albany team. Sophomore Riley Tomechak led the Orange scoring with two goals on the night, with junior Griffin Runyon and sophomore John Stearns each grabbing assists. Finally, Orange faced their Lewis Center rivals in Olentangy on Thursday, April 11. The Pioneers fell to the Braves 12-6, making their record 3-4 on the season. Hagerty scored a hat trick, earning the top scorer position for the game, with Vance, Roby and Stearns all having one each to cap off the game. The Pioneers take on Liberty next Tuesday, April 16, and Perrysburg the following Saturday, April 20.


By: Max Brunke


Track and Field

Stingel Track Invitational at Pickerington North:

Boys Pole Vault – 2nd Jonathan Petersen 13-06.00

Girls 300m Hurdles – 2nd Grace Frye 47.55

Girls 3200m – 1st Allison Guagenti 11:10.10

Girls 4×1 – 1st 49.46

Girls 4×2 – 1st 4:45.69

Girls Discus – 2nd Grace Frye 127-01

         3rd Anna Grabau 177-07 PR

Girls High Jump – 1st Anna Grabau 5-03.00 PR

Girls Pole Vault – 2nd Sara Borton 10-06.00

Girls Shot Put – 1st Grace Frye 38-10.00 PR


Overall Girls: 1st – 135

Overall Boys: 5th – 51


Home Meet vs Olentangy:

Orange Track ran against Olentangy on Wednesday, April 10. Both boys and girls win overall with the girls scoring 106 and the boys scoring 92.

In the Boys 100m, junior Matthew Momberg finished first with a PR and time of 11.40.

Junior Corey Barr ran a PR and time of 52.96 in the 400m and junior Eli Payne also got a PR in Discus with a throw of 138-06.

In girls long jump, senior Grace Frye placed first with a jump and new PR of 16-10.00.

Freshman Abby Schroff got first in the 800m with a PR and time of 2:27.42.

In the 1600m, freshman Regan Yamasaki placed first with a time of 5:44.21.


By: Grace Poorbaugh and Zoe Sucharski


Boys Volleyball

On Thursday, Apr. 4, the boys Volleyball team competed in their first conference game against Liberty. It was a close first set, the boys just short of taking that set. Unfortunately, the team lost 0-3 to Liberty.

On Tuesday, Apr. 9, the team played Westerville Central in their first home game of the season. It went back and forth the entire night, but the Pioneers pulled out the 3-2 win with a fifth set score of 15-13.


By: Brooke Little


Boys Tennis

Boys Tennis played Liberty on April 9, and won 3 courts to 2. They played Westerville Central on April 12 and won 5 courts to 0. Orange’s Kraynak and Messick defeated Gebbie and Beuhler 6-3, 6-0 and Orange’s Patel and Krishnan defeated Weiler and Nair 6-2, 6-0.


By: Tannor Lambert