The Hilliard Davidson High School baseball team had been rolling along through 10 games before hitting a couple of speed bumps.
The Wildcats committed four errors April 16 in dropping an OCC-Buckeye Division game to Westerville North 6-4 and two more plus mental mistakes last Friday in a non-league loss to Hilliard Darby 9-7. They were the first two setbacks of the season.
"We had errors on three consecutive plays in the fifth inning against Westerville North and (the Warriors) scored five unearned runs," said coach Jim Dougherty, whose team rebounded to win a pair of games last Saturday against Dublin Coffman (4-3) and host Newark (14-4). "We just have to get back out there and play."
Davidson played a league game last Wednesday against Upper Arlington after a makeup against Darby last Tuesday.
"We have to put those (losses) behind us and look forward to what we have ahead of us," said outfielder Hunter Broadstone, who had two singles, two RBI and two runs last Friday against Darby. "We have to learn from the mistakes that we made and try not to let those things happen again."
The Wildcats are not scheduled to play again until Monday when they play an OCC-Buckeye game at Reynoldsburg. They also will play a league game Wednesday at Coffman.
"We need to keep a positive attitude and be ready to play each game," said Nick VanDyne, who had two singles and scored against Darby.
The Wildcats fell behind the Panthers 6-0 but were able to pull within 8-7 after scoring three runs in the sixth inning. Broadstone's single drove in Joey Ciamacco and VanDyne scored on a sacrifice fly to left-center field by Tyler Backstrom.
Broadstone later scored on a groundout by Grant Goodwin. The Panthers added a run in the seventh.
"This was why we play baseball," Dougherty said. "It was a beautiful evening with a lot of people out here to see us play."
Entering their game last Tuesday, Davidson led the series with Darby3-2. The Wildcats won the first meeting 3-2 in a Division I tournament game in 1999 and Darby won 7-1 in a tournament at St. Charles in 2003. Davidson swept the Panthers last season 7-3 and 5-4.
"I loved it (playing last Friday)," said VanDyne, who had scored 21 run with nine stolen bases through 14 games.
"The whole community washere ready to see us play each other. Though it did kind of leave a sour taste in my mouth from losing, but it wasstill pretty fun."
Broadstone was leading the team in hitting (.472) and had 17 hits, 15 runs and 15 RBI. Ciamacco was hitting .405 with 17 hits, 16 runs, 13 RBI, five doubles and 12 stolen bases. Backstrom was batting .405 with 17 hits, 20 RBI, eight doubles and two home runs. Drew Dolder had five doubles.
Aaron Geiss was 3-1 with a 3.84 ERA and Takahito Kawakami was 2-1 with a 1.47 ERA. Backstrom was 3-0 with two saves and a 3.13 ERA.
•STANDINGS --In the league after last Monday, Davidson led at 4-1 followed by Grove City and Coffman at 3-2. North was fourth at 2-2 ahead of Upper Arlington at 2-3 and Reynoldsburg at 0-4.
At a glance
Below are the recent results and coming schedule for the Davidson baseball team:
*April 14 -- Defeated Dublin Coffman 7-6
*April 15 -- Def. Reynoldsburg 7-6
*April 16 -- Lost to Westerville North 6-4
Last Friday -- Lost to Darby 9-7
Last Saturday -- Def. Coffman 4-3 and host Newark 14-4 to win the Newark Tournament. Rob Tiefenthaler was the winner against the Shamrocks and Phil Huff was the winner against Newark.
*Last Monday -- Def. Grove City 4-2. Davidson took sole possession of first place with the victory
Last Tuesday -- Played Darby
*Last Wednesday -- Played Upper Arlington
*Monday -- At Reynoldsburg
*Wednesday -- At Coffman
May 3 -- At Kings Mills Kings in four-team round robin. The other participants are Louisville (Ky.) St. Xavier, Cincinnati St. Xavier and the host Knights
Of note: The Wildcats were 13-2 overall before last Tuesday and 4-1 in the OCC-Buckeye before last Wednesday.