Nordonia baseball coach Drew Hoisington was hyped up to see his squad get another shot at Twinsburg.
The Knights were supposed to play the Tigers Monday in Twinsburg with first place in the Suburban League National Conference on the line.
As has been so often been the case in May, however, Mother Nature said "Nope."
The Nordonia-Twinsburg game was postponed again Monday due to soggy field conditions with no set make-up date announced. The reason: Between numerous rainouts and the arrival of playoff games, the Knights have a logjam of games to end the season.
"I turned my record in at 11-6 two week ago," Hoisington said. "We’ve played four games since. In a three week stretch, we’ve only played seven games. No one is playable right now; everyone is in the same boat. Going into a high school tournament, it’s going to feel like we’re starting over.
"You deal with it the best you can," he added. "This is worst spring I’ve had in terms of May being bad. We have three league games left along with playoffs this week. Our field is a washout. They want to have everything done by Sunday, but I don’t think that’s possible."
Hosington’s outlook wasn’t help by the fact the Knights played a pair of lousy games last week. On Senior Night Tuesday, the Knights dropped a 4-1 loss to Medina Highland. Things got even worse Wednesday at home, as Nordonia lost 12-0 in six innings to Wadsworth.
Nordonia’s record dropped to 12-9 overall and 3-8 in the National Conference.
"It was a different week last week," Hoisington said. "We started the week with an 8-2 win over Aurora Monday. On Tuesday and Wednesday, I don’t know what team it was, but it wasn’t the team that I had seen in the first month of the season. We just didn’t make plays. We didn’t executer on the defensive side and, when we’ve lost, that’s been out problem.
As it was Nordonia’s Senior Night, Hoisington went with all eight seniors in his starting lineup: Ryan Smith, Kyle Chonkoi, Robby Levak, Vince Varner, Jacob Krause, Brendan O’Donnell, Joey DeRusso and Tony Mellone.
Hoisington called Chonko the hard-luck loser in the game. He dropped to 1-1 despite allowing just two earned runs off four hits and four walks with four strikeouts in 6.1 innings of work. Ryan Short got the final two outs.
Nordonia outhit Highland 6-4 but got its only run due to an error.
"We had good at bats at times. We just couldn’t string them together," Hoisington said. "it kind of puts you behind the eight ball in terms of trying to get hits with two strikes."
With there were some positives from the Highland game, Nordonia laid an egg when it played Wadsworth.
"Not a thing went right," Hoisington said. "We just had a bad game. Those happen. You try to limit those. Our pitcher didn’t throw badly. We gave them a lot of extra outs."
Wadsworth finished with a 15-3 edge in hit over the Knights, as Nordonia also committed three errors.
Starting piticher Luke Jackson (2-4) went just 3.1 innings, giving up six earned runs on nine hits.
Nordonia was scheduled to hopen its playoff run by hosting Shaker Heights Tuesday at 5 p.m. If victorious, the Knights will travel to Twinsburg Thursday at 5 p.m. for a sectional final.
In regular season action, Nordonia will take on North Royalton at home Wednesday and Stow-Munroe Falls at home Friday. First pitch for both games is set for 4:30 p.m.
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