UNION • When it came to the 12 district softball championship softball games slated for Friday, there was only one winner — Mother Nature.
Rain wiped away each game and only the Class 3 District 9 title game between Borgia and Union even got under way before it was called because of rain just three batters into the contest.
In the aftermath of the contest that saw only two strikeouts by Borgia pitcher Liz Lynchard and an error, Union senior catcher Amanda Downing and a few teammates decided to relieve frustrations with a light-hearted romp around the bases before packing up and going home.
“It's good to have fun, a good moment of team bonding considering,” Downing said. “This was really disappointing but we did have fun running around, blowing off steam.”
The game is scheduled to resume at 1 p.m. Saturday with two outs in the top of the first and Union (16-8) batting.
It is one of 16 district title games now scheduled for Saturday with area teams. Eleven originally were scheduled for Friday.
“We always preach that player safety has to come first and that's the case here,” Borgia coach Andrew Eggert said. “Sure, Liz was off to a good start, but we'll come out (Saturday) and be ready to do it again, hopefully under better conditions. It's still going to be wet.”
Union coach Tiffany Poggas said, even though the girls were ready to play Friday, she doesn't expect for the enthusiasm to wane.
That's especially true since the coach said she knows the girls are ready to rebound from a pair of losses — 10-2 and 5-0 — to Borgia this season. Borgia (17-5) has won four consecutive games against Union.
“The kids were mentally prepared to play today, they were fired up,” Poggas said. “All day long, I was getting messages (asking if) we were going to play today. They were ready to go. I know it will be the same (Saturday).”