Baseball can be an unpredictable game, as the top-seeded Olentangy High School team found out in a Division I district semifinal May 19.

Baseball can be an unpredictable game, as the top-seeded Olentangy High School team found out in a Division I district semifinal May 19.

The Braves hit the ball hard throughout their 4-1 loss to Hilliard Bradley at Worthington Kilbourne, but it was either directly at a waiting fielder, or the Jaguars' outfielders would make a play to take away extra bases.

Instead, Olentangy only had one hit on a bloop to right-center field by junior Will Brett, and the Braves had an early exit from the tournament.

"We just didn't hit the ball," said Olentangy coach Steve Little, whose team finished 22-5. "(Bradley) made contact and made plays. We didn't hit for one of the few times this year."

Losing pitcher Ryan Dubil gave up three runs in the fourth inning, one being the game's only earned run.

Luke Simeon hit a one-out double to left-center field and stayed at second when Trey Welch reached on a throwing error by the shortstop. Dray Hall followed with a double to score Simeon and Welch.

Chad Reep pinch ran for Hall and stole third base. After a strikeout, Spencer Gates reached on an infield error that allowed Reep to score.

The Braves were robbed of hits several times by Bradley's outfielders. Olentangy senior Joe Alloco led off the fourth with a fly ball to deep left field that Zak Lucente tracked down with a backhanded catch.

Dubil, a junior, struck out four and did not walk a batter in six innings while surrendering five hits. Senior Kenny McCambridge pitched a perfect seventh with a strikeout.

Bradley's Conor Driscoll kept the Braves off-balance in a one-hit performance with three strikeouts. He did not issue a walk, but the junior right-hander hit five batters.

Olentangy scored after Brett and his sophomore brother, Christian, reached on back-to-back errors to begin the second inning. Sophomore Casey Stanley later was hit by a pitch to load the bases with one out. McCambridge then was hit by a pitch with two outs to drive in the Braves' lone run.

McCambridge was hit by pitches three times and also had three stolen bases.

"The conditions were such that it made the teams even," Little said of the wet conditions that had postponed the game for the two previous days. "It's an equalizer. But we just didn't hit the ball."

The Braves lose six seniors in Allocco (OF), Chris Binkley (C), Tyler Duffy (OF), Sean Leonard (1B), McCambridge (SS/P) and Chad Nugen (INF/P).

"We had a great group of seniors and I'm mostly disappointed for them (after the loss)," said Little, who completed his 10th season as coach. "They put in a lot of time and effort into the game. They started as juniors and really have meant a lot to this program."

Olentangy won the OCC-Cardinal Division championship at 12-2, its first since winning back-to-back titles in 2006 and 2007. Westerville Central was second at 10-4 followed by Marysville (7-6), Dublin Scioto (7-7), Dublin Jerome (6-8), Westerville North (5-8), Liberty (5-9) and Westerville South (3-11).

Juniors expected back for the Braves include Ryan Berkery (OF), Will Brett (OF), Nathan Curtis (OF), Dubil (OF), Kris Elmer (P), Andrew Harris (OF), Tyler McFarland (2B), Avery Moore (1B/P), Jonathan Seymour (P/OF) and Woody Wallace (C).

Christian Brett (OF) and Stanley (3B) started as sophomores.

"We have a lot of talent coming back, but that's no consolation for the seniors," Little said. "It's tough to see them go out like this."

Orange defeated Buckeye Valley 13-5 on May 21 to finish the season with 19-9 overall record.

"We were playing our younger kids and it's a chance to get a jump on next year," said coach Phil Callaghan, whose team lost to Grove City 16-8 in a Division I district semifinal on May 16.

Junior Bill McGague had two doubles against Buckeye Valley on May 21 and junior Anthony Mancini added a double and single. Junior Luke Wolford was the winning pitcher, striking out six.