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Rain-soaked Rugby and Fessenden softball teams cut game short at Rugby Rec

By Sue Sitter - | Jul 17, 2021

The Rugby Panthers 14U softball team met Fessenden for a second time this season, this time at home on Rugby’s softball diamond complex July 8.

Fessenden started strong, scoring five runs at the top of the first inning.

Unfortunately, rainfall started at the same time. After Fessenden took the field, Rugby’s players stepped into the batter’s box, each doing their best to ignore the raindrops that fell at an ever-increasing rate. When runners splashed mud as they took their bases, umpires called a ten-minute break at the end of one inning. The rain grew even steadier. Umps and coaches decided to call the game.

Some rain-soaked players ran to their parents’ waiting cars, while others stayed to help Coach Miriah Yoder clear equipment out of the dugout.

A double header for Rugby’s 12U and 14U teams was still ahead on the schedule, slated for July 14. The next day, the Panthers would head to Turtle Lake for an end-of-the-year tournament.

Although the home game against Fessenden didn’t count for either team, Yoder said she was glad to see the girls get an opportunity to play.

“We got one complete inning in but it was good to see the adversity,” Yoder said. “In high school, you play in some rain like that. So, being able to still play in the field and come out and bat, it was good to see.”

“They’ve learned a lot,” Yoder added. “Most of the older girls have played, so it’s just a matter of getting the fundamentals and advanced skills to get their minds flowing, so it’s awesome they’re getting to understand some of those things. It’s great. They’ve really improved and I’m really happy.”

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