Coach Matt Gilkerson had been looking for some timely hitting from his Hilliard Bradley High School baseball team.

Coach Matt Gilkerson had been looking for some timely hitting from his Hilliard Bradley High School baseball team.

On April 20 at Mount Vernon, the Jaguars delivered.

Two days after losing 3-1 to the Yellow Jackets at home, the Jaguars had 19 hits in an 18-6, six-inning win to split the OCC-Capital Division series.

"We started out down 3-0 in first inning, and it started to feel like the way we played (April 18)," said Gilkerson, whose team was 6-8 overall and 3-5 in the OCC-Capital before playing Delaware on April 23. "But we came back and scored six runs in the second and things took off from there. We had two guys with four hits and everyone in the lineup had at least one hit."

Tyler Armstrong and Jackson Everman both went 4-for-5.

"After getting down three runs, it would have been easy to fold up the tents and get ready to go home, but we didn't do that," Gilkerson said. "One thing that we did better was get our bunts down, and not only did we get them down, but three went for hits. Ryan Johnson and Jacob Miller had back-to-back bunt singles and Matt Reynolds also reached on a bunt."

In the first game against Mount Vernon, the Jaguars committed five errors. They cut that to two in the rematch.

"We pitched well and made only two errors, and we did the little things that we needed to do to win," Gilkerson said. "We didn't try to do too much in the field. Sometimes we try to get a double play and hurry the throw instead of making sure we at least get an out. We need to continue to do those little things because that's the way you win games."

Darby in thick of league race

Before playing Thomas Worthington on April 25, Darby was in a three-way tie for first in the OCC-Central with Thomas and Upper Arlington.

All three were 6-3 in the league, one game ahead of Davidson, Dublin Coffman and Worthington Kilbourne (all 5-4). Rounding out the standings were Westland (2-7) and Central Crossing (1-8).

Darby beat Coffman 5-1 on April 18 and 2-1 on April 20 before losing to Thomas 4-2 on April 23. Coffman led the league with one loss before senior Matt Chastain threw a six-hitter against the Shamrocks on April 18. Junior Chase Longwell followed with a two-hitter in the second meeting, striking out six and walking five.

"Chastain threw very well and we got some timely hits behind him to open up the game with a pair of runs in the seventh," coach Chris Fugitt said. "Longwell threw a gem, and we played solid defense behind him."

Darby will play Westland on Friday, April 27, on the road and Monday, April 30, at home before playing Wednesday, May 2, at home against Davidson.

"These wins show the kids that they can play with anyone," said Fugitt, whose team closes league play May 4 at Davidson. "It's still too early to look at the standings … so we're still taking things one game at a time."

Davidson working toward consistency

Davidson coach Jim Dougherty is looking for his team to find some middle ground in a season of ups and downs.

"We have not put together any consistency," he said. "There is no rhyme or reason to why we haven't. We have been either getting our games or practices in every day, so I can't put a finger on it."

The Wildcats had won four consecutive games before losing to Kilbourne 4-0 in an OCC-Central contest on April 20.

They defeated LaGrange Keystone 10-0 in five innings April 12 before winning league games against Central Crossing (9-3 on April 13 and 9-0 on April 16) and Kilbourne (3-1 in eight innings April 18).

"I thought we were gaining momentum, and then we lost to Kilbourne," Dougherty said. "But give (Kilbourne) pitcher (Ben Paulin) some credit. He was an off-speed kid who did a good job against us."

Dougherty said Sam Coles was playing well at first base and shortstop Jacob Chrysler and second baseman Jacob Reese were playing well up the middle. Sean Neimeister has adjusted well at designated hitter, Dougherty said, and pitcher Ben Eckert entered the week with a 3-1 record.

"This last week or so we have started to hit the ball, but we're still not yet a good defensive team," he said. "We're still having some growing pains."