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March 31, 2012

Ground to a halt

Weather forces Falcons, Warriors inside

ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP — Just when it looked as if someone was about to break through to plate the first run in a pitching duel between Jefferson and Edgewood freshmen McKenzie Wilber and Taylor Diemer, respectively, Mother Nature stepped in and called a halt to everything.

With runners on first and third and one away in the home half of the fourth, plate umpire Todd Tulino called a halt to the contest after a lightning bolt was spotted to the west of the area. During the required 30-minute wait, a downpour forced the teams to postpone the remainder of the game until the teams meet April 13 at the JAGS Complex in Jefferson.

“The cold today was really affecting both teams when the bat hit the ball,” Jefferson coach Nikki Rose said. “The ball was really painful to hit today coming off the bat. Several of the girls were talking about it, so when the rain started again, it was just good for us to get in out of the cold.”

“We called it off right away," Edgewood coach Steve Cunha said. “It was so cold out, several of the girls are already battling colds, so we figured with the rain coming heavier, it would be better for everybody to end it right away.”

Wilber (1-0) had walked one and fanned a pair through the first three innings, but also had seen the Warriors develop the game's first scoring opportunity in the bottom of the fourth.

The Falcons (2-1) and Warriors (1-1) played flawless defense behind Wilber and Diemer. Jefferson scrapped for four hits and were paced by Megan Hussing's pair of singles.

Edgewood managed five hits, led by Gabrielle Patete's single and double.

It was Patete who had put the Warriors in position to break through for the game’s first run. She drilled a sharp double to the fence in left-center to open the Warrior half of the fourth. She then moved to third on a bunt attempt was fouled back and caught by Hussing, the Jefferson catcher. After a strikeout, Mo Lynch dropped a perfect bunt in front of the plate and reached first safely for a single. However, the placement of that bunt — in no-man's land in front of the plate — prevented Patete from scoring.

Then came the lightning and rain.

Kelly is a freelance writer from Jefferson.

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