CUYAHOGA FALLS — The Cuyahoga Falls City Baseball Championship has produced some memorable games in its decade-long existence.

Backyard rivals Woodridge and Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy produced another quality contest Friday at Woodridge, where the Royals used a big third inning to score a 4-1 win over the Bulldogs in a first-round game.

CVCA coach Jason Herblet noted it was a well-played game on both sides, and he lauded his team for not having any strikeouts.

“We are very aggressive at the plate,” Herblet said. “We had a lot of opposite-field hits today.

“[Woodridge] is solid all the way up and down their line. I have a ton of respect for [Woodridge coach] Dennis [Dever]. I look up to him in a lot of ways. He’s been doing a great job for a long time.”

Dever made it clear the respect was mutual.

“They’re a good hitting team. They were able to take advantage of their opportunities and get timely hits,” Dever said. “Today, we didn’t. The hard-hit balls for us just didn’t fall today. You’re not going to win too many ballgames with only two hits.”

CVCA (7-4) had a bit of secret weapon on the mound. Herblet noted that junior Christian Isaacs would have been one of CVCA’s top two pitchers had he started the season healthy, but a stress fracture in his leg sidelined him for the first two weeks of the season.

Instead, Isaacs made his pitching debut Friday and looked very sharp. He picked up the win, going five innings, allowing one run on one hit with five strikeouts.

CVCA did all of its scoring in the third inning. With one out, Austen Williams hit an infield single just beyond Woodridge pitcher Josh Kearns' glove, followed by a single to right by Josh Junko.

“I thought Kearns actually threw pretty well today,” Dever said. “We were literally inches away from being able to make plays and make that much different inning. That’s baseball.”

Taylor Sobiech then hit an RBI single, which was followed by a two-run triple by Isaacs, who hit a slicing liner just beyond the glove of the right fielder. Andrew Schaeffer then made it 4-0 with an RBI single.

Kearns (0-2) took the loss, allowing four earned runs on eight hits in four innings. Sidearming reliever Kyle Schneider kept the game close by pitching three scoreless innings.

Woodridge (6-3) got one run back in the fourth, when Ty Mygrants walked, went to second on a throwing error and scored on an RBI single by Brad Goodyear.

The Bulldogs’ best chance to get back into it came in the fifth. Two walks and a single by Kyle Mottice loaded the bases with two outs, but Isaacs got Mygrants to fly out to short right field to end the threat.

Schaeffer then slammed the door on the Bulldogs for his first save, retiring all six batters he faced in order.

Because of unplayable fields, Cuyahoga Falls and Walsh Jesuit will play the other first-round game of the City Baseball Championship at noon Saturday. The winner of that contest will travel to CVCA for the championship game at 3 p.m., and the loser will travel to Woodridge for the consolation game at 3 p.m.