Sailors call it a win in bizarre suspended game

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— Technically, Steamboat had already won the game.

The Steamboat Springs girls softball team jumped ahead of Middle Park in the bottom of the sixth inning, during their Friday night meeting in Oak Creek.

Ashton Palmer hit a three-run home run, which was followed by a solo shot from Tyra Monger.

After the umpires continued play into the seventh inning, Middle Park regained the lead and Steamboat again answered. In the bottom of the seventh inning, with two outs and Steamboat's Kirsten Delaney as the winning run on base, the umps called the game due to a lack of daylight at the Soroco High School field, which is without lights for night play.

The suspended game was called with both teams tied at 23 runs apiece. No date has been set for the conclusion of the game.

"To me, in my eyes, this is a win," Steamboat coach Maggie Garcia said. "It was so back and forth it made my stomach hurt. They wanted a win as bad as we did : our bats were good, everyone was hitting, everyone was scoring, we went around the batting order a couple of times in some innings and there were not as many errors."

Garcia also credited the pitching of Darcy Hornstein, who started the game and came in to relieve Delaney.

"She's been pitching some heat and just pitched a hell of a game," Garcia said.

Steamboat heads back on the field, still hungry for that first true win of the season, today in Oak Creek. Starting at 11 a.m., Steamboat will play a doubleheader against Palisade.

Comments

2007 7 years, 2 months ago

I am not familiar with girl's softball. Is a 6 inning game the norm? Why would an umpire suggest they go beyond it? Aren't basic rules, such as length of game agreed upon before the game starts?

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