Mud and rain cover the Skowhegan Middle School softball field Saturday. The Class A North semifinal game between Skowhegan and Edward Little was postponed in the third inning. Dave Bailey/Kennebec Journal

SKOWHEGAN — The rain arrived at the worst possible moment for the Edward Little softball team.

Up 2-0 against top-seeded Skowhegan in the third inning of Saturday’s Class A North semifinal, the No. 5 Red Eddies had runners on first and second with two out when the skies opened up and sent players and fans running for cover.

By the time the rain let up about 25 minutes later, the field at Skowhegan Middle School was dotted with ankle-deep puddles and the umpires called off the game.

The game likely will be made up Monday at a time to be determined, Skowhegan coach Lee Johnson said. What’s not certain is whether the game will continue in the third inning or be replayed from the start.

According to the latest National Federation Softball Rules, under the heading of “Suspended Games”: “Any game that is not official and is stopped, if replayed, will be replayed from the beginning. In the State of Maine, due to traveling distances, partial games will NOT be played.”

So it appears the teams will wipe the slate clean.


“We’ll do whatever it says,” Johnson said. “I think the umpires want to check with the MPA (Maine Principals’ Association) to find out what the ruling is, and then go from there.”

As a sprinkle turned into showers in the third, Edward Little scored two runs on three hits against Skowhegan ace Maddy Morris, who appeared to have trouble gripping the soggy ball and had to toss it aside a couple times so a member of the Skowhegan staff could dry it with a towel. Tiana Avila singled home Leah Thibodeau and Kylee Lebrun scored on an infield error.

Skowhegan’s seniors won’t have any down time to think about the game — the River Hawks are set to graduate Sunday.

Edward Little’s players, meanwhile, were playing with a heavy heart following the death earlier in the week of classmate Elliott Hill, a member of the baseball team. The Eddies wore T-shirts with “ELLIOTT 17” on the back during warmups.

“My kiddos are just in a place where they’re enjoying life and enjoying each other,” EL coach Elaine Derosby said. “We’ve had a bit of a long couple days, and they just want to be together. If we have to wait, we have to wait. … We are just living in the moment, and we can’t ask for anything more than that.”

The winner faces No. 2 Oxford Hills for the regional title Tuesday at Central Maine Community College in Auburn.

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