BERLIN CENTER-This spring sports season has been dominated by wet weather. It's only appropriate then, that the theme continues in the postseason.
The Western Reserve softball team was geared up to play Attica Seneca East in a Div. IV regional semifinal at Kent State University Wednesday, only to find out early in the morning that they would have to wait.
At 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Western Reserve athletic director Jeff Martig received a call from Kent State saying the softball field was still too wet from heavy rain Tuesday. With more rain in the forecast for Wednesday, a decision was made to postpone the game until 2 p.m. today. The decision left the Blue Devils disappointed.
"I think they may have jumped the gun a little bit with canceling the game so early," Western Reserve coach Joe Serensky said. "I don't want to knock anybody, and I haven't seen their field, but if it was our field, I think we would have been able to get it ready for a 5 p.m. game."
With the team excited to play, Serensky said that downshifting into a practice mode on Wednesday was tough.
"It's a shame because the girls were in a game mindset and now have to get geared up again tomorrow," Serensky said. "We tried to re-group and make the best out of the situation with a little practice after school."
The players will be let out of school early to leave for the game at 12:15 p.m. today. The Blue Devils baseball team will also be getting out early for their Div. IV regional semifinal in Lorain, leaving at 1 p.m.
"It's disappointing because we had some parents and students who wanted to attend both games," Serensky said. "It's just the way it is."
The Seneca East team awaiting the Blue Devils is new to this stage of the postseason.
The Tigers (17-10) captured the first district title in school history with a 1-0 upset over second-seeded Mansfield Christian on Friday. Seneca East finished third in the Midland Athletic League and was seeded fourth in the Shelby district.
"I think we surprised a lot of people," Seneca coach Steve Coppes said. "We didn't play spectacular during the season, but we peaked at the right time."
Seneca East played a tough league schedule, with two conference foes (New Riegel and Kansas Lakota) playing in the Div. IV Findlay regional tournament this week. They are led by senior pitcher Rachel Bauman who is not a hard thrower, but pounds the strike zone.
"She has gotten them this far, so she must be pretty good," Serensky said. "As a team, I think they are comparable with Girard and Columbiana. If we play well I like our chances."