A record-setting season ended for the Worthington Kilbourne High School softball team with a 2-0 loss to eighth-seeded Watterson in a Division I district semifinal May 21 at Pickerington North.

A record-setting season ended for the Worthington Kilbourne High School softball team with a 2-0 loss to eighth-seeded Watterson in a Division I district semifinal May 21 at Pickerington North.

Seeded seventh of 42 teams, the Wolves managed just two hits off Eagles pitcher Kayla Cook and finished 24-3 overall.

"We broke the school record with 24 wins, we had a 14-game winning streak, a five-game shutout streak, won our league championship for the second time, went 8-2 in one-run games and 5-0 in extra-inning games," coach John Warinner said.

"It was a tremendous season, but unfortunately we didn't win our first district championship.

"With so many positive things, you don't want to be left disappointed. But yet, one of our goals was to win a district championship. It was a realistic goal. We just ended up short against a very talented and experienced Watterson team."

The Wolves, whose previous record for wins in a season was set in 2011 when they went 19-6, had a first-round bye in the tournament and beat 19th-seeded Westerville North 6-1 in the second round May 16 before falling to Watterson.

Kilbourne won the OCC-Cardinal Division championship by going 13-1 and finishing ahead of Westerville Central (11-3), Westerville South (10-4), Westerville North (8-6), Hilliard Bradley (5-8), Dublin Jerome (4-9), Hilliard Darby (4-10) and Dublin Scioto (0-14). Bradley and Jerome had a league game canceled after being postponed April 24 and May 10.

The Wolves' other league title came in 2004 when they shared the OCC-Central championship with Groveport.

Kilbourne loses five seniors in Sarah Adams (P/3B), Marisa Guyton (C), Meaghan McEwen (OF), Carissa Van Dyke (OF) and Cierra Van Dyke (SS).

The players were part of a three-year stretch in which the Wolves went 59-15.

This season, Adams, who was a four-year starter, went 12-2 in the circle with a 0.73 ERA and 143 strikeouts in 95 innings and had a .440 batting average with four home runs and 32 RBI. She was named first-team all-league.

Guyton was second-team all-league.

Among the players expected to return are juniors Miranda Adams (designated player/1B), Manda Cash (P/1B), Emily Rodriguez (OF) and Kristen Rossi (2B) and sophomores Grayson Brown (OF) and Emily Dodd (designated player).

Cash, a left-hander, went 11-1 with a 0.74 ERA and 145 strikeouts in 85 innings and batted .505 with 28 runs, 10 doubles and five triples as the leadoff hitter. She was first-team all-league and Rossi made second team.

"We're going to miss all of our seniors, but with Manda coming back to pitch and my daughter, (freshman) Sydney Warinner, being an accomplished pitcher, we should still have a strong pitching combination," said coach Warinner, who was OCC-Cardinal Coach of the Year. "We will have to fill the left side of the infield and find another strong outfielder, but the first things we have to concentrate on are filling the catcher's spot and getting some more offensive production."

Cardinals losingseven seniors

Thomas Worthington is losing seven seniors after finishing 15-11 overall.

The Cardinals were seeded 16th in the Division I district tournament and defeated 34th-seeded Whetstone 11-0 in five innings in the first round May 14 before losing to 13th-seeded Groveport 4-3 in the second round May 16.

Senior pitcher Megan McLaughlin threw a two-hitter against Whetstone.

Thomas went 9-5 in the OCC-Central to place third, behind co-champions Marysville (11-3) and Olentangy Liberty (11-3) and ahead of Upper Arlington (8-6), Central Crossing (6-8), Hilliard Davidson (6-8), Dublin Coffman (5-9) and Westland (0-14).

The other seniors are Tori Chirdon (utility), Rachel Garris (OF), Katie Holman (OF), Clare Janoski (OF), Sarah Samuels (OF) and Abby Zofchak (C).

Expected to return are juniors Anna Marie Boue (P), Sammy Bullock (INF), Kylie Hislope (INF) and Fatima Said (SS), sophomore Carson Baymiller (utility) and freshman Sarah Boue (P).