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Rain dampens comeback effort
MARYSVILLE The dreary weather held off for six innings.
Down 2-1 to visiting Stanwood, the Tomahawk fastpitch team seemed to have a comeback underway. Then, as if to cue M-P senior Miranda Rosebrooks first seventh-inning pitch, the skies opened.
Before she could throw, the umpires signaled a break to wait out the rain.
The entire game had been so overcast as to provoke an investigation into turning on the lights.
We have lights? senior Cynthia Meadows-Read responded.
The answer was apparently not, as the April 24 meeting unfolded.
It looked like M-P would get on the board early as their first two batters, Rosebrook and third baseman Christine Atterson each advanced as far as third in the first inning. Some fumbling at home by Spartan catcher Sammy Bingham persuaded Rosebrook to go for the steal, but Bingham got the ball to pitcher Corinne Stillman at the plate to stop the attempt.
Stillman effectively held Atterson at third as well, striking out the next two Tomahawk batters.
For four innings, the two teams battled defensively. Pitching and fielding held each other scoreless. Finally in the fifth, Stanwoods Carly Bosse hit a two-run homer to break the stalemate.
Though M-P was unable to assemble much offensively in the bottom of the fifth, a walk of outfielder Jessica Tanigawa turned into a run on first baseman Skyler Petersons sixth-inning double. Freshman designated hitter Michelle Newman was stopped at first base for the third out before Peterson could advance any farther.
And then it began to rain.
With their comeback on the line, M-P coach KT Allyn and the Tomahawk staff went to the shed for rakes to make the fields game ready. Fifteen minutes ticked by as some 20 girls and their coaches watched for a break in the clouds.
Then, as the rain eased into a sprinkle, the game resumed.
The Tommies held off two Stanwood baserunners to bring up their own batters, but Stillman struck out Jenifer Rosie, Anna West and Courtney Perrine in quick succession to end M-Ps comeback hopes.
I think we were surprised when he said, Play ball we needed to stay focused, Allyn said later.
Rosebrook threw seven strikeouts against the Spartans in the 2-1 loss. Of the Tomahawks six games decided by one run, the loss to Stanwood is M-Ps fifth loss by that margin.
M-P 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Stanwood 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2