Thursday’s rain was anything but beautiful for softball, but the top Division III team in the state was grateful Mother Nature held back just enough to get a meaningful tune-up game played.
“The field stayed decent, so we’re glad,” Champion head coach Cheryl Weaver said after the Golden Flashes’ 10-0 five-inning victory over Crestview on the brand-new Roger Samuelson Field at Champion High School. “It held up really nice.”
She was speaking about the field, but she could have been talking about the clouds overhead.
Winning pitcher Allison Smith (7-1) tossed a two-hitter, striking out nine and walking none. She faced one batter over the minimum.
Smith, an Ohio State recruit, said the biggest challenge of starting a game in a light rain “was trying to keep the ball dry — hide it in your glove, try to be efficient, throw as many strikes as you can, try to get out of standing in the rain.”
Smith threw 16 of her 50 pitches in the first inning in striking out the side. She struck out the next two batters then received some infield help.
The All-American Conference is an OHSAA-sanctioned league, created in 2008 as the result of the merger between the Trumbull Athletic Conference and the Metro Athletic Conference in Ohio. The league has 21 different member schools, with 17 sports offered throughout fall, winter and spring sports seasons.