Tuesday May 15, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- Wahconah and Pittsfield deserve an "A" for effort, but even the determination of the North Division's top two teams couldn't stop the rain.

The Warriors and Generals tried to get in a softball game at a muddy and drenched Doyle Complex for nearly three innings on Monday before deteriorating conditions and a steady rain finally forced umpires to call the game with the Generals leading 2-1. The game will have to be restarted from the beginning at a date to be determined.

"It was just so slippery," said Warriors coach Dustin Belcher. "Home plate's a mess. I thought both teams, the kids were trying to play through it the best they could. I think it was the right call to call it at that point."

The teams entered the day in a tie atop Berkshire County's North Division. Wahconah (11-5, 9-2 North) jumped on top in the first on a groundout RBI from Gabby Lavinio that drove home Kelcie Yarmey, who had reached on a walk. The Generals (12-2, 8-1) answered with a two-run double to left from Sam Boyle, the best hit of the day, in the bottom half of the frame.

That was all the scoring as both pitchers battled through tough conditions to get outs. It will all be wiped away now.

"When you weren't getting stuck, you were slipping," said Generals pitcher Sarah Rayner. "It was hard to pitch out there. ... It's hard to get used to but you got to be able to pitch in any conditions.


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On a day like this, Pittsfield coach Greg Marchbanks said he was just hoping to squeeze in enough innings to get the game in the books. The Generals were able to snag the lead on Wahconah, but not on Mother Nature.

"If we can get to the fifth and stay with the lead, it would've been fine," Marchbanks said. "You throw it up and see if you can make it but we didn't quite get it."