The Woodridge softball team was running on all cylinders March 28 in a 13-2 rout of Springside Chestnut Hill Academy of Pennsylvania in its third and final game of its season-opening trip to Orlando, Fla.
The game was shortened to five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.
The win was the Bulldogs' second as they defeated Episcopal Academy of Pennsylvania 9-7 in nine innings March 27. They lost their season opener 5-0 to Dallas (Penn.) March 26.
All three games were played at the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex in Kissimee.
In the win over Springside Chestnut Hill sophomore Caitlin Raid fired a one-hitter, striking out 8.
"Caitlin pitched very, very well," said Bulldogs head coach Dan Schneider.
Woodridge gave Raid a seven-run cushion in the top of the first inning. The Bulldogs added another run in the third inning, two in the fourth and three in the fifth. Springside Chestnut Hill, which scored both of its runs in the bottom of the third inning, changed pitchers three times.
Leading the way at the plate was sophomore Brayden Wigal, who went 3-for-4 with 3 RBIs.
Junior second baseman Cassie Riebau was 2-for-3 with an RBI, while senior shortstop Mackenzie Mercer went 2-for-4.
The win over Episcopal Academy was close from start to finish. Episcopal was up 1-0, Woodridge was up 2-1, Episcopal was up 5-3 and Woodridge tied the game with two runs in the top of the sixth.
Wigal hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning to give the Bulldogs a 7-5 lead, only to have Episcopal come back with two runs of its own to send the game to the ninth. Woodridge took advantage of a couple errors and scored twice in the top of the inning, and then Raid put the game away in the bottom of the frame. She yielded 8 hits but struck out 13 and walked only 2.
"Caitlin was struggling a little bit but buckled down and took care of business," Schneider said.
Riebau was 3-for-4 with an RBI, and catcher Sage Jenkins was 2-for-3 with a double.
In the loss to Dallas. Dallas scored 2 runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and 3 in the sixth.
Raid started and was replaced by Wigal in that sixth inning. Raid, who took the loss, pitched pretty well, according to the coach, giving up just 2 hits, fanning 4 and walking only 2. Wigal yielded 3 hits, struck out 2 and walked 2.
Woodridge was able to muster only two hits, singles by Riebau and Mercer.
"We seemed to be late on our swings," said Schneider. "Their pitcher wasn't throwing hard, but she had more movement than we expected. We hit only four balls in the air, which made it easy for them - pick it up, throw us out.
"Overall, though, I'm pretty happy with our performance so far. Our core group did very well."
Woodridge is scheduled to open Portage Trail Conference Metro Division play April 3 in its home opener against Ravenna. The same two teams are set to tangle again April 4 at Ravenna. First pitch for both games is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.
The Bulldogs are scheduled to play two games April 8 at Stow-Munroe Falls, against the host Bulldogs at 1 p.m. and against Tallmadge at 3 p.m.