The Hilliard Davidson High School softball team was unable to overcome a rough start in a 6-5 loss to 23rd-seeded Lancaster in the second round of the Division I district tournament May 13 at home.

The Hilliard Davidson High School softball team was unable to overcome a rough start in a 6-5 loss to 23rd-seeded Lancaster in the second round of the Division I district tournament May 13 at home.

The seventh-seeded Wildcats, who had a first-round bye, finished 17-9.

Lancaster scored four runs in the top of the first inning and one in the second to take a 5-0 lead.

"We put ourselves in a hole," coach Katie Speakman said. "We started off with a throwing error and they kept hitting our pitcher (Erica Buchanan). ... We made some errors in that first inning and throughout the game that I hadn't seen us make all season."

Davidson, which had five errors, scored three runs in the third inning and one in the fourth to cut its deficit to 5-4. The Golden Gales added a run in the sixth to make it 6-4 and the Wildcats scored one in the seventh.

"Lancaster hit well, but we just gave them too many opportunities with defensive lapses," said Speakman, whose team lost four of its last five games. "We had some errors that were extremely costly."

Buchanan allowed eight hits in a complete-game effort.

Jaguars fall in tourney opener

Bradley had an "off day" at home against 18th-seeded Dresden Tri-Valley in the second round of the Division I district tournament May 13, resulting in a 10-1 loss.

The 10th-seeded Jaguars, who had a first-round bye, finished 19-7.

"It was definitely an off day for us," said coach Kevin Moody, whose team had won 14 of its final 16 regular-season games. "We just didn't click on offense and Tri-Valley was making diving catches and hitting the ball very well."

Bradley trailed 2-1 through three innings, but the Scotties scored seven runs in the top of the fourth to open a 9-1 lead.

"(Tri-Valley was) hitting bloopers and shots and all of them were falling," Moody said. "The wheels just fell off and it's unfortunate for our kids to go out like that, especially a great group of seniors. We just did not perform well and that was a rarity this year."

The Jaguars managed just four hits and made three errors against Tri-Valley. Meredith Miller doubled in the first inning and scored on a single by pitcher Morgan Daniels, who was relieved by Lexi Helling in the fourth inning.

Panthers squeezed from district tourney

Darby lost to 25th-seeded Watkins Memorial 3-2 in the first round of the Division I district tournament May 12 to finish 8-18.

With the game tied at 2 with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning, the host Warriors scored the winning run on a squeeze bunt down the first-base line.

The 29th-seeded Panthers took a 2-1 lead in the second inning as third baseman Brianna Pizzurro and pitcher Logan Cortelletti both drew bases-loaded walks, but the Warriors tied the game in the fifth on an RBI double by Lexi Denison.

Watkins Memorial's Caitlyn Smith led off the seventh with a pinch-hit single to center field. She then stole second base and moved to third on a groundout before scoring on a bunt by Jayden Johnson.

"We thought we were playing tight enough on the corners to handle that, but it was a perfect bunt," coach Shawn Papp said. "It was a very well-played game by both teams and it's unfortunate we came up on the short end. We had some chances, but we made a baserunning error when we got caught on (a line-drive) double play in the fifth and we didn't get that clutch hit when we had some opportunities.

"We left the bases loaded in the second and we didn't get some bunts down that would have helped. (Watkins Memorial right-fielder Anna Shroyer) also made a nice catch for the third out in the sixth that saved a run."

Darby had four hits, all singles. Cortelletti had two of those hits and reached base in three of her four plate appearances.

Cortelletti limited Watkins Memorial to five hits.