It started well.
But the good start was vanquished in a hurry.
The 12th-seeded Cuyahoga Falls softball team’s postseason journey turned out to be a brief one after losing to fifth-seeded Wadsworth 9-5 in a Barberton Division I sectional game Wednesday on the road.
The Lady Black Tigers scored two runs in the top of the first inning, but the Lady Grizzlies quickly took control with two runs in the second inning and five more in the third.
Wadsworth (17-6) finished with 12 hits and two errors. Falls had nine hits and three errors.
Brooke Waffen (1-1) took the loss in the pitcher’s circle for the Lady Black Tigers. Alex Eves had three hits for Falls (4-14).
The host Lady Black Tigers dropped to 0-13 in the Suburban League National Conference after losing to Brecksville-Broadview Heights 6-2 Tuesday.
Falls did pick up a pair of wins over Akron North Saturday.
They posted a 14-0 victory in the first game and a 15-0 win in the second game at First Energy Field. Both contests were called after five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.
The Lady Black Tigers used aggressive base-running to steal several bases during both games.
Anna Steiner had two hits, including a three-run inside-the-park home run to center field. Steiner drove in a game-high five runs.
Jordan Johnson also had a run-scoring single and Tori Rogers and Kaelyn Staples combined to strike out nine batters for Falls in the pitcher’s circle.
Waffen got the win in the second game. Steiner had a two-run double in the first inning to score Carly Hanchin, who reached base with a triple to center.
Staples added a two-run single and Kylee Phillips also had a bunt single to drive in a run.
The host Lady Black Tigers lost to National Conference rival North Royalton 12-0 in five innings.
Paige Heffke went the distance in the circle. She struck out 13 batters, walked one and allowed just one hit.
Falls is scheduled to entertain Wadsworth this Tuesday. The Lady Black Tigers are set to conclude their season Thursday at Streetsboro.
First pitch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. both days.
Reporter Frank Aceto can be reached at 330-541-9444, firstname.lastname@example.org or FrankAceto_RPC