The record April rainfall has produced what will become a fast and furious race to the finish line for league titles in central Ohio.

The record April rainfall has produced what will become a fast and furious race to the finish line for league titles in central Ohio.

With league games taking precedence over non-league games, the final two weeks of the regular season are filled with league makeups. Since few teams have been able to play on a consistent basis, parity might become more evident.

The Hilliard Bradley High School softball team was scheduled to play 14 games in a 14-day stretch, beginning April 25. Included were non-league doubleheaders on Saturday, April 30, and May 7. The second round of OCC-Capital Division contests - seven games - also was on tap.

"This is one of the worst springs we've had in a real long time," said coach Kevin Moody, whose team is attempting to win its second league title in its second season of existence. "The good news is that we have our own destiny in our hands. But we've got to focus on every opponent and play one game at a time because there are about four teams who still have a realistic chance. We can't take a day off in our league."

Bradley went 6-1 in the first round, losing to Delaware 4-2 on April 13. The Pacers were 7-0. The Jaguars defeated Olentangy Orange 5-2 on April 15 in a battle of one-loss league teams.

Against Delaware, the Jaguars scored a run in the top of the first inning but trailed 2-1 before Delaware tacked on two runs in the sixth. Bradley made it 4-2 in the seventh and had the bases loaded with two outs when Jordan Camp ripped a line drive that was caught by right fielder Rebekah Hire to end the game.

"We outhit Delaware 9-8 and had at least one runner on base every inning, but we stranded 11 runners," said Moody, whose team plays host to Delaware on May 2. "The opportunities were there, we just didn't capitalize. We need to relax and slow the game down. But I was proud of the way we battled. Although we stranded a lot of runners, we didn't end any inning with a strikeout. We put the ball in play. Delaware made the plays, give them credit."

Against Orange, Camp hit a solo home run in the first inning and the Jaguars had a four-run fourth, but they were unable to break open the game despite six errors by the Pioneers.

"Except for one inning, they beat us, so that was a little disappointing," Moody said.

Bradley then whipped Watkins Memorial 15-0 on April 18 and beat Jonathan Alder 2-1 in a non-league game April 21.

Kellie Roudabush hit a two-run home run against Watkins Memorial and allowed just one hit. Against Jonathan Alder, she scattered seven hits and the Jaguars scored both runs in the first.

"The Jonathan Alder game was a good one because we gained confidence by playing well in a close game," Moody said. "We were relaxed and played well with the lead. It was a quality win. We need to learn from that and carry that type of effort and focus the rest of the way."

Through 10 games, Roudabush was hitting .700 (21-for-30) with 19 runs and 10 RBI from her leadoff spot. She had five doubles, three triples and three home runs. Camp was batting .645 (20-for-31) with 13 runs and 10 RBI.

Abi Groseclose was hitting .571 (20-for-35) with 10 runs and 16 RBI and Caron Watkins was batting .485 (16-for-33) with 11 runs and 14 RBI. Colleen O'Shea was hitting .333 (11-for-33).

Roudabush was 6-1 with a 1.66 ERA in 38 innings and opponents were hitting .179. Tayler Young was 3-1 with a 1.75 ERA in 28 innings and opponents were batting .197.

"We need to stay mentally and physically sharp in the stretch run," Moody said. "If the weather permits, we'll play more games in the last few weeks than we did the first three weeks. We purposely started with a slow schedule because we're young and we wanted to build up for the postseason. But we didn't expect the weather to keep us from playing this many games, either."