When coach Angelo Forte first looked at the 14-13 record of the Hilliard Davidson High School softball team, he wasn't impressed.

When coach Angelo Forte first looked at the 14-13 record of the Hilliard Davidson High School softball team, he wasn't impressed.

Then he looked closer at the numbers and realized his Wildcats played a rugged schedule.

Davidson finished fifth in the OCC-Central Division at 6-8 behind league champion Upper Arlington at 13-1, but four of the 12 teams that remained in the Division I district-semifinal round were league opponents. They included UA, Dublin Coffman, Hilliard Darby and Thomas Worthington.

The Wildcats had played seven of those district semifinalists and won five times. They defeated Coffman 4-0 on May 16, Thomas 6-2 on April 24, Olentangy Liberty 1-0 on April 18, Watterson 3-0 on March 31 and Marysville 5-2 on April 1.

"Our record might not look that great, but we played some great competition," said Forte, whose team was eliminated in the second round by Groveport 3-0 on May 14 after downing Columbus West 13-0 in the opening round May 11.

In league play, Davidson was swept by UA (6-1 on April 17 and 2-0 on May 4) and Darby (8-0 on May 7 and 5-4 on May 15) and split with Central Crossing (3-2 loss April 9 and 5-4 win in nine innings April 27), Coffman (1-0 loss May 8 and the win last Saturday), Thomas (3-2 loss April 16 and April 24 win) and Westland (1-0 win April 9 and 1-0 loss April 22). The Wildcats swept Worthington Kilbourne (4-2 on April 21 and 6-5 on April 29).

"I feel like I've grown a lot and learned a lot about how to work as a team and how every team is different," said senior Abbey Parsley, a senior third baseman who was second-team all-state and first-team all-district and all-league. "I think we'll do very well next year. We had a lot of newbies on the field this year and we all get along great, and they should have a great season next year."

Parsley was joined in the senior class by infielder Megan Banaag, infielder Amy Friloux, outfielder Olivia Mendoza, pitcher Erika Reese and outfielder Shelby Sigillo.

A second-team all-league performer, Sigillo hit .321 with 25 hits, six doubles, two triples, 15 RBI and had a .970 fielding percentage.

Parsley, who will play at Capital, hit .390 with 12 runs, four doubles, one home run, 18 RBI, five stolen bases and three game-winning RBI.

Reese was honorable mention all-league and was the league's scholar athlete. She was 8-9 with 81 strikeouts and 29 walks and a 2.53 ERA in in 108 innings.

"This group of seniors brought a lot of leadership and fun to the season," said Forte, who concluded his 12th season with the program.

"They worked hard the last couple years and they put a stamp on this team and made it their own."

Leading the expected returnees will be Zoe Allegretti. The sophomore outfielder was second-team all-district and first-team all-league. She batted .419 with 36 hits, 21 runs, eight doubles, 11 stolen bases and a .906 fielding percentage.

Also expected back are juniors Taylor Newton (OF), Katie Rine (OF) and Emma Russell (INF) as well as sophomores Tessa Kilgore (C), Samantha Smith (P) and Mallory Sodders (INF) and freshman Kayla Wolfe (INF).

Smith was 6-4 with 58 strikeouts and 15 walks and a 2.33 ERA in 69 innings.

"I think we have a nice nucleus, a nice group coming back," Forte said.

"We may have four or five juniors and some sophomores who had good year we expect to be back."

At a glance

•Record: 14-13 overall, 6-8 (fifth) in OCC-Central

•Seniors lost: Megan Banaag, Amy Friloux, Olivia Mendoza, Abbey Parsley, Erika Reese and Shelby Sigillo

•Key returnees: Zoe Allegretti, Tessa Kilgore, Samantha Smith and Kayla Wolfe