As the Westland High School softball team prepares for the final two weeks of the regular season, coach Mike North hopes it can remain in the OCC-Central Division chase.

As the Westland High School softball team prepares for the final two weeks of the regular season, coach Mike North hopes it can remain in the OCC-Central Division chase.

The Cougars took a step forward to get back in the hunt by beating Hilliard Davidson 1-0 last Wednesday at home.

North said it was the first time his team has beaten Davidson in his six seasons at the school.

"Teams like Davidson are dominant almost every year, they have great tradition, and if we want to build a winning program then we have to beat teams like this," North said.

Westland was 6-4 overall and 2-2 in the OCC before it game against Central Crossing last Thursday.

The Cougars will play host Monday to Worthington Kilbourne. Westland opened its OCC-Central slate by beating the Wolves 6-0 on March 31.

With several contests to make up because of bad weather, the Cougars are scheduled to play five games this week. Westland, which faced Dublin Coffman last Friday, will play host to the Shamrocks on Tuesday. The schedule also includes a game at Thomas Worthington on Wednesday and games against Upper Arlington on Thursday and Friday.

"This team wants to play everyday," North said. "Everybody is healthy. Everybody is doing well. We'll be in good shape. We have to beat some of those teams that we haven't beaten."

The win over Davidson allowed the Cougars to avenge a 1-0 loss from April 9. Brandi Rees turned in another strong effort in the rematch as she allowed just three base-runners and struck out nine. Tessa Kilgore and Shelby Sigillo had the Wildcats' only hits.

"I felt like I was in control," Rees said. "I had a lot of fun out there today. The first game against them was a heartbreaker because they scored in the bottom of the seventh. We really wanted to pay them back and I'm glad we got ahead early and we got to win with the 1-0 score."

The Cougars scored in the fourth as Hailee Johnson reached on an infield error, stole second and later scored on a throwing error.

Davidson pitcher Samantha Smith allowed two hits. Carly Beasy had a single in the first inning and Courtney Kimmel had one in the fourth. Smith struck out six.

"I'm really content with where we're at," Rees said. "I didn't know how good of a season we'd have and we're doing really good. I'm really happy about that."

•The boys tennis team will play host Monday to Hartley.

The Cougars were 2-5 overall and 0-3 in the OCC-Central before a match against UA last Thursday.

Westland beat West 3-2 on April 16. Winners were David Griffith at first singles (6-2, 6-3), Allan Hinch at second singles (1-6, 6-3, 6-0) and Andy Van at third singles (3-6, 6-4, 6-4).

Westland lost to Marysville 4-1 in an OTCA Division I tournament match April 17. Troy Fleischman won at third singles (2-6, 6-4, 6-4).

Kilbourne beat Westland 5-0 last Wednesday.