The Langley softball team spent Friday morning preparing for the Virginia Class 6 state semifinals. But just before the Saxons were scheduled to board the bus from their hotel to their game, they found themselves all dressed up with nowhere to go.
Virginia’s Class 5 and Class 6 baseball and softball semifinals, scheduled for Friday in Glen Allen, were originally postponed until Saturday because of rain. Then they were postponed to late next week.
So instead of hitting the field, the Saxons hit the batting cages Friday afternoon to work off their pent-up energy.
“We just don’t like the waiting around,” Langley Coach Mike Sharkey said.
Langley’s semifinal against Cosby was rescheduled for Thursday, along with the other Class 5 and 6 baseball and softball semifinals. The finals are scheduled for Friday, with times to be determined.
While most of the postponed games never got started Friday, Westfield jumped to a 7-0 lead over Ocean Lakes in their Class 6 baseball semifinal before the game was delayed in the bottom of the second inning.
Before the game, Westfield Coach Rob Hahne had a message for his players.
“One team is going to complain about how much it stinks being out here in the rain, and one team’s going to embrace it,” Hahne said. “The team that’s not going to embrace it is going to go home tonight.”
The Bulldogs will again have to embrace challenging circumstances when their game resumes next week. Initially, the contest was set to resume Saturday, which would have meant one of Westfield’s top pitchers, Nick Lottchea, wouldn’t have been available on the mound after throwing 35 pitches Friday. Now he will be.
The Class 5 and 6 boys’ and girls’ lacrosse finals — slated for 10 a.m. Saturday, with the late game scheduled for 5:15 p.m. — were moved to Douglas Freeman High. The Class 5 and 6 boys’ and girls’ soccer finals will be at Hermitage High, also at 10 a.m. and 5:15 p.m.
All of the rescheduled games remain contingent on the weather, and rain clouds still hang over the forecast for Saturday. In fact, the Class 3 and Class 4 baseball and softball tournaments in Salem — featuring Woodgrove softball and Riverside and Brentsville baseball — also were postponed until Thursday and Friday of next week.
“We know we’re at the mercy of the weather,” Stone Bridge softball coach Billy Rice said. “It’s part of the sport. There’s not much you can do, so you’ve just got to make the best of it.”
The Class 6 boys’ and girls’ tennis team championships were moved from Deep Run to Williamsburg, where they will play indoors at McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center. The Marshall girls will play Cosby at 1 p.m., and the Chantilly boys will face Frank Cox around 2 p.m.