Rain ceases Eagles’ bid to unseat SFL leading Woodcreek

Game called in third inning with Del Oro up 5-2
By: Justin A. Lawson Journal Sports Writer
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ROSEVILLE – The Del Oro High softball team wanted to get in a game badly and was willing to gamble to do so. Its bet Wednesday may not pay off. The Eagles (5-1 SFL, 9-2) traveled to Woodcreek despite drizzles of rain all day and dark, ominous clouds overhead to face their Sierra Foothill League rivals. They grabbed an early 5-2 lead but when the rain returned in the bottom of the third inning the game was called and Del Oro was left in limbo on if the two teams would pick the game up or be forced to restart. “We’ll see, it’s going to be up to I guess the league,” Del Oro coach John Peck said. “We’re not sure if we pick it up or restart it. I think we pick it up. We’re ahead so we’d like to pick it up.” The lead umpire had originally said the teams would attempt to wait out the rain but minutes later he called the game. Ironically, soon after as players from both teams piled into their cars, the rain ceased. Additionally, Mahany Park has lights if the teams needed to wait out the weather for a prolonged period. Jordan Courage was in the midst of a stellar day at the plate. The senior smashed a triple to clear the loaded bases in the first inning with two outs to give Del Oro an early 3-0 lead. The Timberwolves (5-1, 14-1) answered with a bases-loaded, two-RBI double of their own with Courage now in the pitching circle. Eagles sophomore Courtney Smith banged another triple in the second inning that scored Hanna Miller, who led off the inning with a single. Smith would later score on a wild pitch. Wild pitches become the theme in the third as Courage rolled several on the ground. As the game was temporarily postponed a Woodcreek coach said to Courage, “If you can’t control it, no one can.” The game was supposed to be a makeup game from the two team’s March 27 scheduled date that was also rained out. It will be tough to find a date to makeup or pickup the game with rain in the forecast for the rest of the week. Del Oro is scheduled to play Granite Bay on Thursday. The next time the Eagles play at Woodcreek is May 8 for the season finale, which could determine the SFL title with both teams currently tied at the top of the standings. Whatever the decision from the league, Wednesday’s game must be played at Woodcreek, which could make for a long, wild end of the season. “It’s going to rain the rest of the week and next week we’re all backed up with games,” Peck said. “It’s just going to get really hectic… We’ve just got to get them done when we can.”