An up-and-down, emotional 2017 season came to an end last week for the Nordonia High School softball team.
The Lady Knights, who withstood the loss of their head coach earlier in the campaign, suffered defeat in the Division I sectional finals against Solon May 10. The Lady Comets eliminated Nordonia from the postseason, beating the Lady Knights by the score of 9-6.
That was one of a handful of games that Nordonia played last week. On May 8, the Lady Knights battled Suburban League National Conference nemesis Wadsworth. The Lady Grizzlies topped Nordonia by a 10-7 margin.
The following day, Nordonia faced Youngstown East in a sectional semifinal contest at home. The Lady Knights had no problem with East, posting a 22-0 victory in a game that was halted after five innings.
With the victory over East, Nordonia advanced to face Solon. Following their loss to the Lady Comets, the Lady Knights played a make-up contest against conference counterpart North Royalton on the road on Thursday, May 11.
Nordonia dropped a heartbreaker in extra innings, as the Lady Bears edged the Lady Knights by the score of 12-11.
Nordonia had toyed with the .500 mark all season, but unfortunately, could not finish with a winning record. The Lady Knights ended the 2017 campaign with an overall mark of 11-13. They also owned a ledger of 7-6 within the National Conference.
Nordonia head coach Rita Colvin, who took over for Amie Cormell during the early part of the season, praised the Lady Knights for their hard work and commitment.
"It was a pleasure having the opportunity to coach this talented team," said Colvin. "We were 'in' every single game we played this season. We had so many come-from-behind victories, which made it that much more exciting.
"It's a tough schedule playing almost every day of the week, but the ladies came to the field each and every day ready to play. More importantly, they all managed to keep up with their school work, which is the most important thing to me. I can't say enough good things about this awesome and talented team."
Nordonia is losing three seniors to graduation this year. That trio includes Skylar Dean, Madi Filakosky and Rachel Vickers.