The softball season is barely two weeks old, and rain postponements already abound.
Despite most teams playing just two or three games to date, there also has been an abundance of extra-inning games and at least one dramatic comeback.
La Plata trailed Patuxent 6-0 after just two innings last Wednesday, and Coach Tony Jones feared things were only about to get worse.
"I was panicking," Jones said. "We were basically just serving it up to them. Now, the wind was bad, but still, batter after batter, they were just hitting [pitcher] Stacey Ogren. But just when I thought it was about to get out of control, Stacey got it going, and our bats finally caught fire, too. Once we got started, we didn't let up."
The Warriors (1-2 overall, 1-2 Southern Maryland Athletic Conference) turned the six-run deficit into an 18-7 victory with the help of two home runs by senior shortstop Lindsey Preuss and another by junior left fielder Jamie Bussey. La Plata scored two runs in the third and five in the fourth to take a 7-6 lead. Then the team burst out for 11 more in the fifth and final inning.
Preuss has gone 11-for-13 at the plate in La Plata's three games this season.
"She's crushing the ball right now," Jones said. "And I tell you what, it's because she's working so hard. This kid just goes nonstop."
McDonough Wins Close Ones
McDonough, which played four games in five days last week, finished the run unbeaten after back-to-back, extra-inning wins over Great Mills and La Plata. Both games were won in the eighth inning.
The Rams (4-0, 3-0) captured the victory over Great Mills on Thursday by capitalizing on a Hornets' throwing error that allowed freshman Karen Elder to score from first base. Elder entered the game in the seventh inning after third baseman Tenay Gaddy had been injured sliding into home plate. Gaddy's run tied the score at 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth.
Gaddy took care of business herself Friday against La Plata, breaking a scoreless tie in the eighth with a two-out, two-strike shot to deep right center that she turned into an inside-the-park home run. The Warriors got a runner on base in the bottom of the inning but could not score the tying run.