For Hickman softball coach Courtney Haskell, it’s been one of those weeks.
After going 0-3 and getting outscored 33-3 to start the season, the team was leading Hannibal 2-1 in the second inning Saturday at the 16th annual Columbia College High School Invitational. Thunderstorms forced tournament officials to stop the game, though, and eventually end it as a draw.
“It’s frustrating, but it’s Mother Nature. There’s not a whole lot you can do about it,” Haskell said during one of the day’s many rain delays. “But stuff like this happens and you have to be able to deal with it.”
With the bases loaded and no outs in the bottom of the first, Hickman’s Shannon Buckridge drew a walk to tie the game at one. Two batters later, Lindsey Hart drove in a run on a ground outto give Hickman its first lead of the season.
“We were finally playing as a team,” Haskell said. “We were playing patient. I think that this game will at least be a confidence booster for the girls going into the rest of the season.”
Multiple tournament games were cancelled or postponed Friday, the first day of play, and Saturday brought more of the same. When it was announced that Rock Bridge Field would be unavailable, two of the tournament’s eight teams, Lafayette and Sullivan, packed up and went home.
With games limited to Columbia College’s Cougar Field, the tournament’s remaining six teams played as many games as the weather permitted Saturday. It took a two-hour rain delay to finally suspend play for good.
Hickman lost 12-0 in Friday night’s game against Eurekaand Oklahoma’s Edmund North High pitcher Katie Lee held the Kewpies to one hit and no earned runs in a 10-1 rout in Saturday’s first game.
“The first couple of innings we had no offense and you can’t win games without scoring some runs,” Worley, who suffered the loss in the Edmund game, said. “I gave up some shots, but it was really just a combination of things.”
Rock Bridge, which played at 1:30 p.m. Saturday after an afternoon shower stopped play for nearly 90 minutes, beat Eureka 5-2. for its first win of the season. Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the sixth, Lindsey Witten led off with a single and moved to third on a throwing error . Two batters later, Kendall Brown grounded out, but Witten scored from third the game at 1.
Later in the inning, Amy Shufelberger and Heather Walters had back-to-back hits to make the score 4-1. The Bruins scored once more before the inning was over, giving pitcher Kayla Turnbull all the support she would need.
“I was really impressed today,” Rock Bridge coach Jennifer Mast said. “We haven’t had a practice almost all week, except for limited periods of time, and we had some questions going into this game. But the girls came out and performed.”
“Kayla pitched a great game for us today. She struggled with some injuries earlier this year, and I was glad to see her come back and play so well today.”
Rock Bridge was scheduled to play again Saturday afternoon, but the tournament was canceled.