With a lot of Monday afternoon's PIAA state softball contests getting moved back a day because of impending weather, Delone Catholic coach Don Smith was a bit surprised to find out his team's game was not among them.
After winning the District 3-AA title last week, the Squirettes were rewarded with a first-round contest not far from home. But when a heavy storm blew through Hanover in the early afternoon, Smith wasn't optimistic about things.
As it turned out Smith was right on with his skepticism. While the weather gave some brief reason for optimism, allowing Delone to take the field against Philadelphia Academy Charter at York College's softball field, the decent weather didn't stick around.
The Squirettes held the Chargers off the board in the first inning before erupting for four runs in the bottom of the frame. But just as Delone was about to take the field to begin the second, a bolt of lightning prompted a delay. Not too much later the skies opened with rain — enough to force the game to be suspended. The two squads originally were scheduled to pick up where they left off Tuesday back at York College at 4:30 p.m. Continued rain and soggy field conditions, however, forced yet another postponement. The game has been rescheduled again and is now set for 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at York College.
"There's not much you can do about it," Smith said. "They postponed a lot of the games before they even started. And, gosh, with the way it rained in Hanover at 1:30 ... I mean it poured. But the field was pretty good (when we got here)."
While the two clubs prepared for the start Monday, there was sun in the sky. But dark clouds quickly took over — perhaps an ominous sign for a Philadelphia Academy side that will have to make another three-hour drive to York on Wednesday.
"It's not (so much frustrating) for us," Smith said. "They have three hours to drive."
When the Chargers do come back to York on Wednesday, they'll do so knowing that it won't be easy knocking off Delone. The Squirettes took the lead early when leadoff hitter Shayna Rider singled to center. After a sacrifice bunt moved her to second, Shelbee Holcomb drew a walk. Squirette pitcher Cassie Rickrode followed with a line drive double to left that scored Rider. Mikayla McCleaf followed with a two-run double that made it 3-0. Karley Coleman capped her team's big inning with a run-scoring single.
Then the rain came and the teams eventually scattered to their buses. The mood was obviously pretty festive in the Delone Catholic bus, with music blaring throughout the 45-minute delay.
"We're still pretty pumped," Rider said. "Even though the rain is kind of crappy, we're still feeling pumped. There was lot of music (in the bus) and lots of dancing."
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