LONGMONT — Early Thursday afternoon, Silver Creek athletic director Marty Tonjes and softball coach Ryan Beavers inspected the Raptors’ diamond under gloomy skies.
At that point, the turf was holding up well. The outlook on radar appeared somewhat encouraging. And with the regular season already having passed the halfway point, no coach is overly keen on working in additional make-up dates. So Silver Creek decided to play ball.
Ultimately, however, Mother Nature simply refused to cooperate.
Playing in a steady mist for two innings, Silver Creek jumped to a quick lead against undefeated Northern League rival Mountain View, ranked third in Class 4A by CHSSANow.com. But when the mist morphed into a chilly downpour the umpires finally pulled the plug, suspending play with Silver Creek leading 7-1 in the top of the third.
The game will be picked up where it was left off at a date still to be determined. When it does, Mountain View will be at bat with a runner on second and one out.
“We debated; I was out here at 1 o’clock today, watching the radar, and we were feeling confident we’d get the game in,” Silver Creek coach Ryan Beavers said. “The later in the year here, you don’t want to start backing things up with make-ups, and then you’re finding yourself playing four or five games in a row the last week of the season.
“We were confident we’d get it in, otherwise we wouldn’t have asked them to come down here.”
Mountain View had just defeated the Raptors 12-2 at home on Saturday but appeared somewhat unsettled by the sloppy conditions, committing a costly throwing error in each of its defensive innings before play was halted.
“I was surprised we were playing. In Loveland it had been raining all day,” Mountain View coach Randy Felton said. “I don’t want to make excuses about it, but then you get some bad throws and so forth. It’s the same for both, so it didn’t matter. I didn’t mind coming down and playing. It was cruddy but it happens.”
After leaving two runners on in the top of the first, Mountain View was unable to respond to a Silver Creek club that forced the issue in its first at-bat. Cassie Jones led off with a bunt single and Haille Weber followed with a sacrifice bunt in which both runners were safe after the first of the Mountain Lions’ throwing errors. Casey Wagner staked Silver Creek to the lead with a two-run ground-rule double as the Raptors scored four in the first.
Silver Creek added three more runs in the second without the benefit of a hit, using a hit batter, a walk, another throwing error, a sacrifice bunt, and a sacrifice fly to extend the lead to 7-0.
Mountain View plated one in the third before the game was suspended but its comeback bid, along with Silver Creek’s upset bid, will have to wait for another day.
“I liked what I saw today, which is why I’m frustrated it was suspended,” Beavers said. “We were handling the cold weather better than they were, it seemed like. We just have to maintain that. We did a much better job of playing loose and fast today, and if we can maintain that and we’re not pressing, we’ll be fine.”
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