The Hilliard Davidson High School softball team averaged 10.4 runs per game while winning its first five contests.

The Hilliard Davidson High School softball team averaged 10.4 runs per game while winning its first five contests.

The only thing that has slowed the Wildcats has been the weather. They are seeking to play on a consistent basis to help maintain their start.

"Erica Buchanan (led) our team with a .706 batting average and 12 hits (through five games)," said coach Katie Speakman, whose team entered the week 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the OCC-Central Division. "However, we have a great core of hitters.

"The best part has been the team-first mentality. All of the players have bought into the game plan, share the same goals and genuinely want what is best for the team.

"This team is a family and they work hard for one another. I think when you have 13 players with the same aspirations and desires and a shared respect for one another, good things happen."

The Wildcats opened March 31 by beating Canal Winchester 12-3 and defeated Darby 12-3 and Bradley 7-0 on April 2. They then won OCC-Central Division games against Dublin Coffman (11-3 on April 5) and Central Crossing (10-6 on April 6).

Davidson's games against Westland on April 8 and Olentangy Orange and Pickerington Central on April 9 were postponed because of bad weather.

Speakman said Aubrey Rolon (10 hits), Cassidy Rowe (9 hits, 6 RBI), Abby Dickey (9 hits, 6 RBI), Brooke Doty (8 hits), Abby Sheets (team-best 8 RBI, 2 home runs) and Haley Goodburn (6 RBI) also have been hitting well.

"Our pitching and hitting have both been outstanding," Speakman said. "Erica Buch-anan has returned with intense focus. She is a gritty and hard-nosed pitcher who is willing to lay it all out there as a pitcher and a fielder. She (was) 5-0 with a 1.60 ERA and 25 strikeouts (through five games).

"Defensively, we are getting there. The defense has shown progress."

Jaguars looking for more chances

Bradley played only two games in the first two weeks of the season, as it had three contests postponed because of bad weather and one postponed in order to reschedule an OCC-Cardinal game.

On April 2, the Jaguars beat Marysville 14-3 and lost to Davidson 7-0. Entering the week, they were 1-1 overall and had yet to play a league contest.

Panthers snap losing streak

Darby snapped a four-game losing streak by beating Dublin Jerome 17-0 on April 6 in an OCC-Cardinal contest.

Madison Clark limited the Celtics to only two hits in five innings.

The Panthers entered the week 2-4 overall and 1-1 in the OCC-Cardinal.

Darby opened March 29 with an 11-4 win over Hamilton Township before losing to Davidson 12-4 and Marysville 17-6 on April 2. The Panthers then lost to Westerville North 10-1 on April 4 and Watterson 17-10 on April 5 before defeating Jerome.

In the first two weeks of the season, Darby had three games postponed because of bad weather and one postponed to reschedule a league contest.