Mother Nature did not cooperate for the Nordonia High School baseball team last week, as the Knights were only able to play one game due to the elements.

However, Nordonia made that one game count, as the Knights defeated Suburban League National Division rival Stow-Munroe Falls April 5. Nordonia tamed the Bulldogs by the score of 9-4 on the road.

With the victory, the Knights improved their overall record to 5-2. The contest was also their first National Division game of the campaign.

Stow jumped ahead of Nordonia 3-0 in the early innings.

"You could tell that we had lost some of our momentum from the previous week," said Nordonia head coach Drew Hoisington. "Their pitcher was throwing well.

"In the fourth inning, though, we got more patient at the plate and he lost his control a little bit. We got some hits in big spots and scored six runs in the fourth inning to take control of the game."

Up 6-4, Nordonia plated two more runs in the sixth inning and then one more in the top of the seventh frame to seal the victory.

Trey Crockett and Peter Toula helped lead the way offensively for the Knights. Both were 1-for-3 at the plate with two RBIs. Other major offensive contributors for Nordonia included Nate O'Donnell (1-for-4, two RBIs) and Brendan O'Donnell (1-for-4, two RBIs).

Kyle Seither earned the pitching victory on the mound to improve his ledger to 2-0. Daniel Heiser pitched the sixth and seventh innings, not allowing a hit and striking out one batter.

"Kyle didn't have his best stuff for that game, but he battled through for five innings and kept us in the game," said Hoisington. "Heiser was able to come in and shut the door."

With the loss, Stow fell to 1-3 overall and 1-2 within the National Division.

Nordonia had three games postponed last week due to inclement weather conditions. Those games were against Stow, division nemesis Hudson, and Solon.

This week, Nordonia was scheduled to battle division foe Brecksville-Broadview Heights April 10 at home and April 11 on the road, but results were not available at press time..

On April 13, the Knights will visit division counterpart Cuyahoga Falls.

"After not playing for a couple of days, we had to find our way again," said Hoisington. "We're hoping to build off the momentum from the first week of the season and keep playing good baseball."


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