Rain wins again

RICHMOND – In the words of John Lennon, “When the rain comes they run and hide their heads.”

Monday evening, rain was not only the rain which set the players, coaches, umpires and fans scurrying for protection out at Jefferson Lake State Park.

For third time this season, the Edison and Oak Glen softball teams attempted to play a game at Edison’s home field, but like the two previous attempts Monday’s game ended up as a rain out. The game was scoreless when it was called off in the bottom of the second inning.

The game is not scheduled to be made up.

The Wildcats (6-12) are slated to play games the rest of the week, while the Golden Bears (15-10) will open postseason play in the West Virginia Class AA Region 1 Section Tournament with a doubleheader starting at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Weir. If necessary, Game 3 is scheduled for Thursday.

“I think it is special because we are the only two public high schools in Hancock County,” first-year Oak Glen head coach Morgan Martin said. “It is a rivalry. It is a rivalry that has existed since the two schools have existed.

“The kids know each other. They play travel ball together. The see each other when they are out. They see each other when they are at McDonald’s. I think that has a lot to do with it. The kids know each other so well.”

Martin was an all-state pitcher for the Red Riders when she was in high school.

Edison is scheduled to open postseason play against Beaver Local at noon Saturday at State Lake in an Ohio Division II Eastern District Sectional quarterfinal. The winner will take on Indian Creek in the sectional semifinals at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

“I think for us, the disappointing thing about not getting this game in is we need as many games and innings we can get on the field,” Edison head coach Spencer Bendle said. “We have got to get better.

“This is how the spring started. Everyone has had to go through it. It’s just not us.

“The more we play, the better we are going to be. We need to get more at-bats. We need to get more time in for our fielders on the field. Our pitchers need work. That is important for us to get better. We need to play innings.”

Logan Andrews started the game inside the circle for the Bears. Andrews struck out one, walked one and hit one batter.

Offensively, Oak Glen was retired in order in each of the first two innings.

“The season has gone very well,” Martin said. “This is our first winning season in a while. We have fought through some tough things. We have had some tough losses, but the kids bounced back from those.

“The kids have learned a lot this year, and I have learned a lot in my first year as head coach.

“The kids have played really well this season. The coaching staff and I hope it continues in the sectionals.”

Zoe Westfall pitched for the Wildcats. She did not record a strikeout or issue a walk.

“This is not the ideal way we wanted to end the regular season, but you don’t want to chance it,” Martin said. “You don’t want any injuries.”

Edison is scheduled to play at 5 p.m. today at Bellaire.

“We are scheduled to play all week,” Bendle said. “I hope we can get those games in.

“We have won three out of our last four games, so that is a positive thing. We have gotten better. Our loss was to a state-ranked Ursuline team.

“We want to continue to keep playing, and we want to continue to get better.”