The Woodridge softball team had a rough week. They played five games and lost all five, beginning with a 13-4 home defeat to Copley April 4.
On April 6 at the Ohio Invitational at Firestone Park in Akron, the Bulldogs lost 4-3 to Parma Holy Name and 1-0 to Painesville Brooke.
Woodridge lost their next two games as well, falling first at home to division rival Springfield 11-8 on April 8. The next day Coventry beat Springfield 17-6 in a mercy-rule shortened game.
The Bulldogs are now 3-6 overall and 2-3 in the Portage Trail Conference Metro division.
Copley picked Woodridge apart on April 4. Scoring in five different innings, including four runs in both the fourth and seventh inning, Copley controlled the game throughout.
"We didn’t play well at all, and Copley pretty much did what they wanted," said Woodridge head coach Dan Schneider.
Sophomore third baseman Alivia Collura had two singles, a double and an RBI, while also scoring once. Senior Caitlin Raid had two singles and a walk, scoring twice.
"We’ve tried to give Alivia some opportunities, and she’s made the most of them," Schneider said. "She had a good day. Caitlin has been really consistent."
Junior first baseman Madison Randall and freshman Emily Dennison each registered two hits and one RBI.
Senior Brayden Wigal started and went 3 2/3 innings. She was credited with the loss. Raid pitched the last 3 1/3 innings.
In the loss to Holy Name, Woodridge had a chance to win the game in the bottom of the seventh inning, but with runners on second and third, senior Julia Beattie flied out.
Randall had two doubles and two RBIs, while freshman left fielder Kendal Gregory rapped a single and double and knocked in two runs.
"Madison has been doing well for us," said Schneider. "We put her at the bottom of the order, and she’s been on base a lot.
"We pulled Kendal off the bench and she delivered. It’s kind of nice when you can do that."
Sophomore Haley Roenigk singled and doubled and had an RBI. Wigal had two singles and a walk.
Raid threw a complete game against Holy Name, striking out seven batters.
In the 1-0 loss to Brooke, the one run in the second inning was all anyone needed.
"It was a pitchers’ duel. Brooke’s pitcher only had four strikeouts. We just didn’t hit the ball hard. We got nothing from our big hitters," said Schneider, whose team only had three hits – a double by Wigal and singles from Roenigk and Beattie.
Wigal went the distance and struck out 14.
"We didn’t have to play a whole lot of defense," the coach said.
In the loss to Springfield, Woodridge trailed 4-0 early on but recovered to score three runs each in the bottom of the first and second innings and two more in the fourth.
The Bulldogs took an 8-4 lead into the top of the fifth, but the Spartans tallied two runs that inning and two more in the sixth to take the game to extra innings. Springfield scored three in the top of the eighth.
Wigal singled, doubled, homered, had three RBIs and scored twice, while Raid singled, homered, knocked in three runs and scored once.
"Brayden and Caitlin set the pace for us offensively," Schneider said. "They’re being very productive at the plate."
Randall had two singles and a double and scored two runs.
On the mound, Raid started and took the loss. She struck out six hitters and walked one. Wigal relieved her, fanning four and walking two.
In the loss to Coventry, Woodridge was down 4-1 before two-run homers by Wigal and Raid in the top of the fourth inning helped the visitors to a five-run frame and a 6-4 lead.
But in the bottom of the fourth the Comets exploded for 13 runs.
"The wheels just fell off," said Schneider. "Coventry just hit, hit, hit. They were a good-hitting team, and we paid the price."
Raid’s homer was her second of the season. She also singled and scored. Wigal’s blast was her fifth of the year. In addition, she doubled, and knocked in a third run. She also scored.
On the mound, Raid started and went 3 2/3 innings in taking the loss. She struck out five batters and walked one. Wigal pitched 1/3 of an inning and walked two hitters.
Woodridge is scheduled to play at Metro rival Cloverleaf April 11 at 5 p.m.
The Bulldogs are scheduled to compete in the Vermilion Invitational, starting with a game against Vermilion April 12 at 5 p.m. On April 13 they are set to oppose Bellevue at 11 a.m. and Medina Buckeye at 1 p.m.
Woodridge is set to host Metro rival Field April 15 at 5 p.m. before traveling to division foe Streetsboro April 16 at 5 p.m.