The sky was cloudy almost from the start of the game. In the fourth inning, thunder could be heard rumbling from a distance.
By the top of the fifth inning, flashes of lightning were seen in the sky, and the officials decided to call Tuesday’s softball game between No. 3 Madisonville-North Hopkins and Hopkins County Central just before the rain started pouring down.
With two outs in the top of the fifth, the Lady Maroons (17-2) held a 10-0 lead, and the game was four outs away from being over via the mercy rule, so the Lady Storm (4-14) conceded, allowing the game to be official.
“It was one of those deals where you’ve just got to deal with Mother Nature,” North coach Shannon Peyton said. “It was a mutual agreement that we would just go ahead and get it done. Sometimes that happens, and you’ve got to do what’s best for the kids, so we got fi ve innings in and they said that was enough.”
Sophomore Acacia Gray pitched four perfect innings for North, not allowing a single batter to get on base while getting two strikeouts.
“I thought she pitched well,” Peyton said. “I thought she threw a lot of fi rst pitch strikes and got ahead and moved it around, and they were aggressive at the plate which helped a little bit. Her ball moves quite a bit, especially on a windy day, it moves even more, so I thought she did well.”
The Lady Maroons got out to a quick 5-0 lead in the fi rst inning, then tacked on three more runs in the second. The Lady Storm shut them down in the third, but they added a run in each of the last two innings before the game was called.
Junior Mallory Peyton went 1-for-1 with a solo home run and three sacrifice flies for North, while fellow junior Kaylee Tow finished 2-for-2 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI. Senior Adarian Gray finished 2-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI, while fellow senior Hailey Rodgers went 1-for-2 with a triple, a run scored and two RBIs.
“I thought we hit it well,” Peyton said.
“Probably hit it a little bit too much under several times there, and some of those were sac flies, but I thought they played us pretty deep, they were kind of deep in the outfield, so some of those balls still dropped in that normally might not have if they played a little shallower.”
While the Lady Maroons remained undefeatedin district play, it was the first time the team had scored less than 15 runs in a district game this season, and it was the longest North had taken to win a district game all year, having won all the other matchups in three or four innings.
“Central’s got a bunch of young kids that are really good,” Peyton said.
“They’re going to be a good program. They play hard, and they’ve got some talent. It’s always fun playing them.”
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