It was a raid on the Shaker Heights Laurel softball team.
Leading the way for second-seeded Woodridge was Caitlin Raid. The junior was masterful both on the mound and at the plate in the Bulldogs’ 10-0 rout of the visiting, and seventh-seeded Gators May 11 in an Akron Division II sectional final.
The game was called during the bottom of the sixth inning due to the 10-run mercy rule.
Woodridge, which improved to 12-10 overall, advanced to a Thursday matchup with third-seeded Chagrin Falls in a district semifinal at Firestone Stadium in Akron. The game is set to begin at 6:45 p.m.
On May 12 at Woodridge’s Senior Day, the Bulldogs concluded the regular season with a 3-1 home win over Portage Trail Conference Metro Division rival Coventry. They wound up with a 9-5 Metro record.
In the win over Laurel, Raid gave Woodridge a 1-0 lead with a home run in the second inning. She also had two singles, 4 RBI and scored two runs.
She also fired a two-hitter.
"Caitlin was dominant and never lost her composure," said Woodridge assistant coach John Schneider.
In the third inning, junior shortstop Brayden Wigal ripped a solo homer to left field that helped increase the Bulldogs’ lead to 3-0. They added another run in the fifth inning and put the game on ice with six runs in the sixth.
"We were just the better team," Schneider said. "I talked to Laurel’s coach before the game, and he even said the same thing. He figured we were going to win. It was just one of those days."
Wigal also singled and had two RBI, while senior third baseman Emily Mally had two singles, walked and knocked in a run.
In the win over Coventry, senior Sophia DeBord had a two-run double and scored on a throwing error in the bottom of the fourth inning for all of Woodridge’s runs.
The Comets threatened in the top of the seventh with back-to-back doubles to open the inning.
"Caitlin, who went the whole way, then settled down and got a strikeout, groundout and pop-out," said Schneider, whose talented pitcher yielded just four hits. "Up until the seventh inning, she was dominant.
"She hit her spots well and had a really good screwball that kept Coventry’s batters on their heels."
Singling for Woodridge were Raid, Mally and senior first baseman Sydney Shaheen.
The Bulldogs are a confident bunch.
"The girls feel that, even with two strikes, they can hit the ball," Schneider said. "With the way we’ve been hitting the ball lately and with how Caitlin has been pitching, who knows?"
If victorious against Chagrin Falls, Woodridge would qualify for the district championship game against the winner of top-seeded Revere and fifth-seeded Mantua Crestwood. The game would be scheduled for Friday at 6 p.m. at Firestone Stadium.
Reporter Michael Leonard can be reached at 330-541-9442, email@example.com or @MLeonard_RPC