One thing fans can expect in the bottom of the fifth inning when Seton Keough plays Mount de Sales in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference softball championship game — the floodgates will open.
Last year in the title game, Mount de Sales poured on seven runs when they erased a 5-0 Seton Keough lead and held on for a 7-6 victory.
This year, on Monday evening at Bachman Park, the game was flooded with a driving rainstorm that forced a postponement until Tuesday at the same site at 3:30 p.m.
The game will be replayed in its entirety, so Seton Keough’s 1-0 lead will be wiped out.
Five complete innings must be played for it to be picked up where it was left off and, although the visiting Sailors batted in the top of the fifth, the Gators didn’t hit in the bottom of the inning.
But despite leading on Amber Cosgrove’s RBI double that scored Megan Scardina with the game’s only run, Seton Keough coach Chuck Snee did not complain about replaying thegame.
“The bottom line is, we only have one run and I know we are a better hitting team than that, so tomorrow, hopefully we come back and hit the ball and it doesn’t make any difference,” said Snee, whose squad is 14-0 against conference foes and have outscored them 181-6.
Seton Keough scored in double figures in 11 of those conference games and had shutouts in 11.
Junior Kelly Lynch was working on her 11th shutout this season when the game was halted.
Through five innings, the right-hander allowed only four hits, while striking out three.
Mount de Sales sophomore pitcher Emily Fitzsimmons was nearly as effective, yielding five hits, while striking out three.
Sailors coach Pete Waskiewicz would have preferred the game be resumed with the Gators batting in the bottom of the fifth.
“I would rather start in the bottom of the fifth and just go and give me two more shots and that’s the end of it,” Waskiewicz said. “To keep them to one run, we are playing good.”
Mount de Sales is 14-6 overall and the Sailors' only conference losses were in their two meetings apiece with Seton Keough and Archbishop Spalding.
Third-seeded Mount de Sales avenged those losses to second-seeded Spalding in the IAAM semifinals when they won, 3-2.
“We’ve played really good ball the last few weeks,” Waskiewicz said.