It's not very often a high school team has success and returns every player the following season.

It's not very often a high school team has success and returns every player the following season.

But that is expected to be the case with the Hilliard Bradley softball team, which won a league championship and posted 20 wins in its first season.

The inaugural season ended May 19 when the top-seeded Jaguars fell to sixth-seeded DeSales 3-1 in a Division II district semifinal at Pickerington Central. They finished 20-6 overall, won the OCC-Capital Division at 13-1 and finished eighth in the Division II state poll.

"It isn't very common to return everyone unless you're a first-year school that has no seniors - like us," coach Kevin Moody said. "But to have success that first season and then return everyone, that looks great on paper."

Moody was quick to point that out to his team after the season concluded. It doesn't happen often, but it has happened to Moody before.

"When Darby opened, we went to a regional final our first season and were in the same situation that we have here at Bradley," he said. "The following year, we lost the first game we played in the sectional. If we're looking at things on paper rather than working to improve, we're definitely not going about things the way we should. We need to put in a lot of work. Everybody we play next year will have us circled on their schedule. Nobody is going to give us anything."

Bradley led DeSales 1-0 through five innings, as junior pitcher Kellie Roudabush hit a home run in the fourth.

But the Stallions, who defeated Bradley 47-43 in girls basketball to capture a Division II district title last March, were once again a thorn in the Jaguars' skin. DeSales took the lead with a two-run sixth and tacked on a run in the top of the seventh against Roudabush, who, like teammates Danielle Dunnagan and Brooke Espenschied, were members of the girls basketball team.

The Jaguars loaded the bases with one out in their last at-bat, but Kelly Dalton's hard grounder to third base turned into an out and then Stallions pitcher Kelsey Seeds enticed the final out.

"We played hard and put pressure on them," Moody said. "If (Dalton's grounder) is a few feet left or right, we may have tied it right there. But DeSales is a good team and they made some nice plays. The second baseman made a diving catch, the shortstop made a great catch and their right fielder robbed Dalton earlier. She played a shot from Dalton and came up firing to first base for an out."

DeSales went on to beat Granville 3-2 to win a district title.

Roudabush led the Jaguars in pitching (14-4, 1.33 ERA, 7 shutouts, 163 strikeouts in 121 1/3 innings) and at the plate. She batted .587 with 33 runs, 29 RBI and 19 of her 44 hits were doubles (11), triples (3) or home runs (5). She was selected Player of the Year in the district and in the OCC-Capital. She was first-team all-state after being second-team all-state last season at Darby.

Junior right fielder Jordan Camp was second-team all-district and first-team all-league. Sophomore second baseman Erin Banaag was honorable mention all-district and second-team all-league. Camp batted .367 with 16 runs and Banaag hit .341 with 24 runs.

Juniors Danielle Dunnagan (1B) and Tayler Young (P) were special mention all-league. Dunnagan batted .320 with 14 runs and 10 RBI. Young was 6-2 with a 2.07 ERA in 54 1/3 innings.

Sophomore catcher Mikaela Smith (.301, 27 RBI and 5 doubles) was honorable mention all-league.

In the league, Mount Vernon finished second at 11-3, followed by Delaware (9-5), Big Walnut (6-8), New Albany (6-8), Olentangy Orange (6-8), Watkins Memorial (4-10) and Franklin Heights (1-13).

Other starters expected back are juniors Colleen O'Shea (LF) and Dalton, sophomore Espenschied (SS) and freshman Christina Hammons (3B).

At a glance

•Record: 20-6 overall, 13-1 (first) in OCC-Capital •Seniors lost: None •Key returnees: Erin Banaag, Jordan Camp, Kelly Dalton, Danielle Dunnagan, Brooke Espenschied and Kellie Roudabush