The Nordonia softball team was beaten by two opponents last week – Wadsworth and the weather.
The Knights fell twice to their Suburban League National Conference rival Grizzlies, and inclement conditions caused the cancellation of four other games.
The first defeat to Wadsworth was by a 10-0 score April 22 at home in a game that was called after six innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.
On Thursday, Nordonia fell 16-6 at Wadsworth in a game that was called during the bottom half of the fifth inning due to the mercy rule.
In the first loss to the Grizzlies, Wadsworth scored a run in the top of the first inning, two in the third, six in the fourth and one more in the sixth.
"From an error standpoint we played pretty well," said Nordonia head coach Kelsey Shirey, "but a common theme with this season is we have one bad inning where the opposing team gets a lot of quality hits and runs. Wadsworth is a powerful hitting team, and we struggled stopping them."
On the mound, freshman Grace Daniels walked five batters and gave up a dozen hits.
The Knights were held to two meaningless singles by senior Nina Christley and junior Kat Pastor.
In the second defeat to Wadsworth, the Knights trailed 5-0 after two innings but erupted for five runs in the top of the third to tie the game briefly.
However, in the bottom half of the frame, that "bad inning" Shirey spoke of stymied the visitors once again as the Grizzlies exploded for eight runs and forged back ahead 13-5 en route to the victory.
"Our bats came alive in the third inning, but it seems like we became complacent after," Shirey said. "We also struggled defensively (four errors). We have to continue to stay focused each inning and take it one out at a time."
Junior Meg Crawford led the way for Nordonia at the plate with a double, single and three RBIs. Her classmate Sam Daniels doubled and scored two runs.
With a single apiece were Pastor and seniors Jenn Willis, the left fielder, and Jordyn Dean, the centerfielder. Pastor also had two RBIs and a run, Willis knocked in a run and scored once and Dean also scored a run. Also scoring once was senior right fielder Mijae Lewis.
On the rubber, freshman Jenna Cornett started and pitched 4.2 innings, walking 11 and yielding nine hits. Grace Daniels relieved her and gave up a single hit.
Nordonia is scheduled to host Stow-Munroe Falls April 29, and on April 30 the Knights are scheduled to travel to Brecksville-Broadview Heights.
On May 1, Nordonia is scheduled to host Cuyahoga Falls before traveling to Twinsburg May 7.
All are National Conference games that are set to begin at 4:30 p.m.