POLAND — Early in 1970, Creedence Clearwater Revival hit quantity two on the Billboard Hot 100 and similar to lead singer John Fogerty, many space softball and baseball coaches are asking “Who’ll Stop the Rain.”
Following a completely picturesque weekend in the Mahoning Valley, undesirable climate as soon as once more threw a wrench into the native sports activities scene Monday night as a significant Northeast-8 duel between Poland and Lakeview was suspended with two outs in the top of the fourth and Raegan Schick on first, with Poland main 3-1.
The battle of the Bulldogs will have to attend till later this afternoon, with the conclusion of Monday evening’s sport to precede the colleges’ repeatedly scheduled sport for at present — though discipline situations might change the host website from Lakeview to Poland.
Lakeview (5-4) discovered the scoring column first in the course of the top of the third, with junior Gianna Caruso smashing the ball to proper discipline to attain sophomore Makenna Werner, who drew a one out stroll earlier in the body.
Poland (9-5) would instantly ship a reply, plating a trio of runs on only a single hit, taking benefit of some defensive miscues, with Emily Denney, Connie Cougras, and Mary Brant all discovering their methods across the base paths to assist their group construct a 3-1 lead, with Abby Farber scoring Cougras on a sacrifice fly to document an RBI.
In many regards, it’s been a troublesome spring to search out time on the diamond, whether or not it’s rain, freezing temperatures, and even in just a few circumstances, snow.
Poland hasn’t had the chance to chop city and discover enjoying time in hotter pastures down south, and they see their 14 video games performed as one thing important contemplating the circumstances.
“There are some teams that have eight games or seven games in, so I give our administration and grounds crew credit,” Poland coach Jim Serich mentioned about enjoying 14 video games to date. “Brian (Banfield) does a fantastic job, him and Matt McKenzie are the 2 guys that come down and work on this discipline, it’s the one motive we’ve performed just a few occasions. That’s all in Northeast Ohio, so I give these guys rather a lot of credit score for having this discipline prepared just a few occasions after I thought there was no manner we have been going to play.
“Their mentality hasn’t changed even though we’ve had the ups and downs of playing and not playing. I did tell them, we’re not going back in the gym. It’s too late in the year, days off do more for them then going back into the gym. If we need to tweak something, then we’ll tweak it on the fly, but we’re pretty much settled in on where we’re at.”
On the flip facet, Lakeview has performed a single digit quantity of video games with 9 contests, having to additionally traverse the storms that have plagued the Bulldogs’ slate.
Without enjoying persistently, it may be troublesome to search out that further edge.
“Last week was the first time we’ve played three days in a row and it felt good, it’s weird this is the first time we’ve played on a Monday all year, like a Monday/Tuesday is the way our conference is supposed to be,” Lakeview coach Nate Schick mentioned. “It is tough, it’s a problem for the ladies, it’s a problem for the coaches as a result of we’re nonetheless studying. We’re approaching May 1st and match draw, and we’re nonetheless studying our rotations and what women do nicely and what women don’t do nicely.
“It’s our job as coaches to put them in the best position to succeed and it’s hard to find that position when we don’t play.”
On Monday, Poland’s Katie McDonald pitched the total 3.2 innings that have been performed and solely allowed a pair of hits on an earned run and three strikeouts. Lakeview’s Ella Chadwick struck out one batter in three innings of work.
Connie Cougras led Poland with two hits in two at-bats whereas Kylie Imes and Gianna Caruso recorded each of Lakeview’s hits.