Losing doesn't happen much for the Hilliard Davidson High School softball program, but the Wildcats have had a rough couple of weeks against top-notch competition.

Losing doesn't happen much for the Hilliard Davidson High School softball program, but the Wildcats have had a rough couple of weeks against top-notch competition.

Before defeated OCC-Buckeye Division-rival Reynoldsburg 3-1 last Monday, Davidson had lost five consecutive games and eight of its last 10. Now the Wildcats look to begin May with a new sense of urgency as they head toward the postseason.

"Coach (Angelo Forte) always tells us that it's where we are in May that's important, not where we are in March and April," said shortstop/pitcher Alex Schueler, whose team will play non-league games today at home against Centennial and Friday at Watter-son.

"We just need to try to learn from our mistakes and focus on the tournament."

Last year, the Wildcats started 1-5, but finished 16-10 after falling to Grove City 4-0 in a Division I district final at Pickerington Central. Davidson had won district titles in 2005 and 2006.

"We have to take the good with the bad," said Forte, whose team will play host Saturday to Johnstown and Canal Winchester. "I think what we really need is to not only play close games, but come out on top. And we need to work on execution."

Several Davidson losses have come to top-caliber teams. Grove City was ranked fourth in last week's Division I state poll and defeated the Wildcats 5-1 in nine innings April 21.

Teays Valley, who was ranked 10th in the same poll, won a 5-0 decision April 5.

The Wildcats also lost 7-5last Saturday to New Concord John Glenn, which was a Division II regional finalist last year and was 13-2 before last Monday.

"I thought we've played well at times, but then had a couple of bad innings," said Forte, whose team will close its league schedule Monday at home against Westerville North and Wednesday at Grove City.

"We had an early 3-1 lead on John Glenn and lost it and we had one bad inning (in a 7-4 loss) against Westerville Central. We've played a really good schedule, but we still need to win a few of those games."

Schueler believes the competition will help the Wildcats in the long run.

"When you play teams like that, you see a lot of good pitching," she said.

"When you see good pitching, you have to stay focused on every play and make sure you know what you're doing out there. The more you play in situations like that, the better you will handle them."

The Division I district tournament draw will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Pickerington North. Last season, Davidson defeated Westland 9-3 at home in the first round and Logan 6-3 at home before beating fourth-seeded Westerville South 7-2 in eight innings in a district semifinal at Pickerington Central.

"The records have to be in by Friday, so hopefully we'll play better and get a more respectable record before then," Fortesaid.

"We just need to get out there and win and execute on the field. Hopefully we'll be doing that sooner rather than later."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Davidson softball team:

*April 23 -- Lost to Upper Arlington 12-2 in six innings

Last Friday -- Lost to Westerville Central 7-4 in the Centennial Stellar Classic at Beekman Park

Last Saturday -- Lost to New Concord John Glenn 7-5 and lost to Lebanon 14-2 in the Stellar Classic

*Last Monday -- Defeated Reynoldsburg 3-1

*Last Wednesday -- Played Dublin Coffman

Today -- Home vs. Centennial. Davidson won 11-1 in six innings last season.

Friday -- At Watterson. The Wildcats won 11-5 last season.

Saturday -- Home vs. Canal Winchester and Johnstown. Davidson lost 7-2 to Canal Winchester last season, but did not play Johnstown.

*Monday -- Home vs. Westerville North. The Wildcats lost 4-1 on April 16.

*Wednesday -- At Grove City. Davidson lost 5-1 on April 21.

Of note: The Wildcats were 8-11 overall and 2-5 in the OCC-Buckeye before last Wednesday.

*OCC-Buckeye game