The Nordonia softball team had a tough week, losing four of five games.

The one victory, though, was a humdinger. Nordonia scored an 18-7 rout of Suburban League National Conference rival Cuyahoga Falls on the road.

"Our bats came alive for this game and it was a great team win," said Knights head coach Kelsey Shirey. "Everyone batted well and ran the bases well.

"We had one off inning defensively, and we know we need to stay focused and buckle down in order to finish games strong."

On April 11 Nordonia lost 9-0 at Chardon, on April 12 the Knights lost 12-2 at Mantua Crestwood and on April 13 they fell 14-4 at Field.

In the win over Cuyahoga Falls, Nordonia jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning. The Knights’ advantage grew to 6-0 after two innings and ballooned to 13-0 after three innings. They scored two more in the fifth inning and three more in the sixth.

The game was called after six innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.

Senior Nina Christley led Nordonia’s 20-hit attack with three singles, a double, an RBI and two runs.

Senior leftfielder Jenn Willis singled, doubled twice, had two RBIs and scored two runs.

Senior centerfielder Jordyn Dean rapped three singles, knocked in two runs and scored twice.

Sophomore Kaley Meadows singled, doubled, had two RBIs and scored two runs.

On the mound, freshman Grace Daniels went the distance, giving up seven hits and walking two batters.

Eight Black Tigers errors didn’t hurt the Knights’ fortunes.

In the loss to Chardon, the Hilltoppers scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning and two more in the second for a 5-0 lead. They added two runs each in the fifth and sixth.

Nordonia was held to just three hits – a double by Willis and singles from junior Sam Daniels, Grace’s sister, and freshman Morgan Gallagher.

On the rubber, freshman Jenna Cornett went the distance in yielding a dozen hits.

"Once again, our bats didn't really connect," Shirey said. "Chardon has a great pitcher and really good hitters."

In the loss to Crestwood, Nordonia took a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but the Red Devils responded with six runs in the bottom of the frame and three more in the second for a 9-2 lead. They added two more runs in the fourth and another in the sixth.

The game was called after six innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.

"We started off the game strong, but once again our bats were not there," said Shirey. "Grace did not start off too well pitching, so we subbed in Jenna who had a good game.

"Crestwood is a great team. Their defense was solid and so were their bats. We, as a team, just have to make sure to create good contact during our at-bats and help our pitchers out by playing good defense."

Daniels pitched the first 2 2/3 innings, giving up five hits and walking three batters. Cornett went the last 3 1/3 innings, yielding four hits and walking one.

Once again, the Knights were limited to three hits – two singles by Willis and a double from Gallagher. Gallagher had two RBIs, and Willis and Dean each scored a run.

In the loss to Field, a 1-1 tie after two innings turned into a 4-1 Falcons’ lead after three innings and a 7-1 Field lead after four frames.

The visitors cut their deficit to 7-4 with three runs in the top of the fifth inning, but they had dug too deep a hole from which to dig out. The Falcons put an exclamation point on their victory with a seven-spot in the sixth inning.

The game was called during the bottom of the sixth due to the 10-run mercy rule.

"For the first five, six innings, we were in this game," Shirey said. "We only had two errors and were putting the pressure on with our base running, quality at-bats and small ball.

"But the bottom of the sixth inning was a struggle for us. Six errors in one inning is unacceptable. The players need to start understanding the importance of making one play at a time.

"Jenna pitched a great game and our players had great at-bats. Now we have to be there mentally while playing defense."

Gallagher and Sam Daniels both singled and doubled. Daniels scored a run.

The week began April 8 with a 7-2 home loss to National Conference rival Brecksville-Broadview Heights.

The Bees scored a run in the top of the first inning and three runs each in the second and third for a 7-0 lead. The Knights tallied single runs in the fifth and sixth innings.

"Brecksville is a great team – pitching, defensively and offensively," the coach said. "Our bats didn’t really seem to wake up, and our defense struggled on Brecksville’s bunts and small ball."

Sam Daniels and senior right fielder Mijae Lewis doubled. Singling were Christley, Gallagher, Meadows and junior Meg Crawford.

Cornett pitched the first two innings, giving up four hits and walking three hitters. Grace Daniels went the final five innings, yielding two hits and walking four.

On April 17 the Knights are scheduled to travel to Medina Highland. First pitch for all three games is set for 4:30 p.m.

Nordonia is scheduled to compete in the Tiger Town Tournament at Genshaft Park in Massillon. On April 19 the Knights are scheduled to play Massillon Tuslaw at 5 p.m. On April 20 they are scheduled to play Massillon Washington at 10 a.m. and Navarre Fairless at noon.

On April 22 Nordonia is scheduled to host National Conference rival Wadsworth, and on April 23 the Knights are scheduled to travel to conference foe Hudson. Both games are set to start at 4:30 p.m.