Rain delay hurts Vidalia
VIDALIA — Just one hour and 15 minutes into the game between the Vidalia Little League 9- and 10-year-old All-Stars and the Bossier City All-Stars Monday afternoon, the skies opened up as a thunderstorm with heavy rain moved across the Mississippi River from Natchez into Vidalia.
The inclement weather forced the game to be halted at 7:15 p.m. with Vidalia, the ‘visiting’ team in this game, leading Bossier City 2-1 with one out in the top of the third inning. It also forced the game to be moved from the field the two teams were playing at at the Concordia Recreation District 3 Complex to another field at the same facility.
After the delay that lasted just under two hours, play finally resumed on the 7- and 8-year-olds field. And Bossier City benefited in a big way as it scored 11 unanswered runs for a 12-2 comeback win in four innings.
“We couldn’t throw strikes after the delay. I don’t know if it was the weather or idle time. We made a few errors in the field, too,” Vidalia 9-10s head coach Barry Iseminger said. “(Bossier City) came out throwing strikes. We couldn’t hit the ball.”
Shyvlie Blaney was the losing pitcher after going two and one-third innings. Jordyn Sharp lasted just one-third of an inning in relief and Madeline Smith went in for Sharp and went two-thirds of an inning.
Sarah Jane Gray had Vidalia’s only extra-base hit with a triple. With the loss, Vidalia ended up in third place in the Louisiana Little League Softball 9- and 10-year-olds State Tournament.