The Guthrie softball team was looking to add to their 3-0 lead at Tuesday’s home opener, but mother nature wiped them off the base paths.
The Jays had two runners on base with a fifth inning, 3-0, lead over Noble when head coach Booker Blakely called for both teams to go to the dugouts.
Athletic Trainer Chandra Dyer was closely monitoring storms in the area, particularly lightning, as the dark clouds formed to the west and south of the ball field. Looking at a weather app, Dyer found lightning to strike too close and made her way to the dugout.
Without a drop of rain, the game was stopped in the bottom of the fifth, which falls under the category of a complete game. However, the game was not called a final.
Blakely said due to the game being a district game, the two clubs could finish the game at a later date — possibly when Guthrie returns the trip to Noble later this year. If not, Guthrie would collect the win and three district points.
Before the stoppage, Abbie Eichler got the second inning started with a double to left field and was driven in by Codi Hibbs’ RBI single to give Guthrie a 1-0 lead.
In the next inning, Guthrie added two runs thanks in part to two walks and two Noble errors.
In the circle, sophomore Kinley Duehning kept the Bears off the scoreboard.
Jays sweep Western Heights
The 2022 season started quickly and ended quickly Monday night in Oklahoma City.
Guthrie combined to score 27 runs, while shutting out the Jets on the scoreboard, to win the double-header in both run-rule games, 15-0 and 12-0.
McKenna Tucker and Duehning both tossed perfect games and combined to strike out 67% of the batters they faced.
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