Blue Ridge Softball Losing 5-0 in Sectional Title Game; Will Resume Action on Monday

DOWNS, Ill. -- With the Lady Knights down 5-0 in the top of the third inning and Liz Cordes on first base with an infield single, the game was delayed for a second time due to rain and thunder.

About 40 minutes later, it was announced that the game would be suspended and that Blue Ridge and Danville Schlarman will pick up where they left off Monday at 11 a.m.

In those 40 minutes, the Lady Knights held a players-only meeting at a corner in the Tri-Valley High School gymnasium.

"We just told each other to calm down and play our game," Jordyn Fones said. "We know we can win this game, but we're not showing it."

As the players were meeting, coach Myron Schroeder said they were talking about how to cover a bunt, something they talked about yesterday.

"They didn't do it," Schroeder said.

In the bottom of the first inning, the Hilltoppers got their No. 2 hitter on base via bunt single. After a single to right-center field, Danville Schlarman scored when Marcie Crawford attempted to force a runner out at third base; the throw missed, and the runner went to home plate.

The Hilltoppers scored again when another bunt led to no throw attempt.

In the top of the second inning, Melinda Wilson led off with an 0-2 count when the first weather delay occurred.

For the most part, the Blue Ridge players, as well as the Danville Schlarman players and game attendees, stayed in the Tri-Valley gym during the rain delay.

"I'm a little tired and trying to relax," Jordan Wheeler said during the first weather delay. "It's really frustrating, but after the break, we'll come in and play our game."

In between the announcement of a rain delay and when the rain started to come down, Alana Strum found some time to play with a dog. 

When action resumed in the second inning, the Lady Knights put runners on first and second base with one out. Jamison Brandt hit a single on which the Hilltopper shortstop slipped, followed by a Kalyn Reynolds walk.

However, Danville Schlarman ended the inning with a double play. Chandler Morrow, who replaced Hannah Mattingly at second base for Blue Ridge, hit a grounder to the Hilltopper second baseman, who tagged out Reynolds and threw to first base to complete the double play.

Mattingly twisted her left ankle Thursday in the third inning against Central A&M as she tried to get back to the dugout after running through first base. She will likely not be in the lineup on Monday.

Danville Schlarman scored three more runs in the bottom of the second inning. Following an infield single and another bunt single, an additional bunt resulted in another error and two runs scored.

On this bunt, Crawford's throw to first base was too high for Brandt, putting the bunter on second base.

In the next at-bat, Wheeler fielded yet another bunt. Her throw missed Brandt at first base as well, resulting in Danville Schlarman's fifth run of the game.

When the game resumes on Monday, Jordyn Fones will be at the plate with nobody out and Cordes on first base in the third inning.

The winner of this game will play in the Danville Schlarman Super-Sectional on Tuesday at a time to be determined against Dwight.

Dwight beat Newark 10-4 in the Serena Sectional championship game (at least according to the IHSA ScoreZone).

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