The Woodridge softball team last week turned a backyard rivalry into backyard batting practice.
The Bulldogs beat Portage Trail Conference Metro Division foe Streetsboro twice in three days, scoring 27 runs and amassing 31 hits in the process.
Woodridge won 15-5 April 10 at Streetsboro and 12-4 April 12 at Woodridge.
In the first game Woodridge was up just 1-0 after two innings, but the bats came alive with five runs in the third inning.
"We figured it out offensively and finished off pretty well," said Woodridge head coach Dan Schneider, whose team added 4 more runs in the fourth inning, two in the fifth and thir in the seventh. "The hitting became contagious, especially in the third and fourth innings. In fact, we batted through the entire order in the third."
Leading Woodridge's 18-hit attack was sophomore Brayden Wigal with a triple, double and 2 singles. She scored 4 runs.
Junior catcher Sage Jenkins had 3 singles and scored 3 runs.
Junior second baseman Cassie Riebau had a double and single and scored twice, while senior outfielder Ally Rohrer had two singles and 3 RBIs.
On the mound, sophomore Caitlin Raid got the start and was credited with the win. She went 4 2/3 innings before giving way to Wigal, who went the last 2 1/3 innings.
"After a certain amount of pitches, Caitlin just wasn't hitting her spots and getting as much movement, so that's why we chose to go to Brayden," Schneider said.
In the game at Woodridge, it was the same story except that the Bulldogs began piling up the runs in the first inning. The Bulldogs scored three runs in the first, a run apiece in the second and third, five in the fourth and two in the sixth.
Jenkins had two doubles, a single and two RBIs and scored four runs.
Raid had three singles, knocked home two runs and scored three times.
Junior first baseman Sydney Shaheen had a double, a single and two RBIs.
Senior outfielder Mary Bates and junior third baseman Emily Mally each had two singles and two RBIs. Mally scored twice.
Wigal started and got the win. She went 5 2/3 innings, striking out nine. When her pitch count got a little high and she began to struggle a bit, Raid came in to put out the fire and finish it off.
Woodridge was scheduled to take a 4-3 overall record and a 2-2 Metro Division mark into a game at division rival Cloverleaf April 13. The Bulldogs also were set to play a doubleheader at non-conference foe Wooster Triway April 15, but the results were not available at press time.
The Bulldogs are scheduled to host division rival Field April 18 at 4:30 p.m. The next day, they are set to take on PTC County Division foe Waterloo at Firestone Stadium in Akron as part of the Rubber City Rivalry Series. First pitch is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
On April 20 Woodridge is scheduled to travel to Field for a 4:30 start.
On April 22 the Bulldogs are scheduled to compete in the Battle of the Falls at Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy. Woodridge plays against CVCA at 11 a.m. and against Cuyahoga Falls at 1 p.m.