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Lady Eagles’ debut at NCCAA Softball Championship delayed by heavy rain

Lauren Chatigny looks for a sign before stepping to the plate in the first inning on Thursday against Campbellsville. Chatigny drew a walk and eventually scored.
Lauren Chatigny looks for a sign before stepping to the plate in the first inning on Thursday against Campbellsville. Chatigny drew a walk and eventually scored.

By Murray Evans
TROUTVILLE, Va. (May 15, 2014) – Oklahoma Christian’s debut in the National Christian College Athletic Association Softball Championship lasted all of 20 minutes on Thursday morning.

The Lady Eagles’ game with Campbellsville (Ky.) was tied 1-1 in the bottom of the first inning when forecast rain showers hit the Botetourt Sports Complex, washing out play in the 10-team, double-elimination tournament until at least noon Eastern time (11 a.m. Central) on Friday.

Second-seeded OC (39-14) and seventh-seeded Campbellsville (43-19) will resume the game at the point it was suspended, with Martha Thomas batting for the Lady Eagles with Kendra Pierce on second base with one out.

Campbellsville picked up an unearned run in the top of the first off OC starter Shea Coats. Shelby Ray walked with one out, moved to second on a single by Heather Oakley and looked to be held up at third base after a single to short right field by Alyssa Barker. But OC’s Lauren Chatigny briefly bobbled the ball and let it scoot away, allowing Ray to accelerate and score.

The rain began falling shortly after OC began its turn at bat. With one out, Chatigny drew a four-pitch walk from Campbellsville starter Taylor Wroe, then stole second base and went to third, then scored on a pair of wild pitches. Pierce was hit by a pitch and ended up on second after Wroe’s second wild pitch.

The OC-Campbellsville winner will play the winner of another suspended game between sixth-seeded, defending champion Union (Tenn.) and third-seeded Azusa Pacific (Calif.). Union led that game 4-0 after the first inning.

Campbellsville advanced to the game against OC after edging Mississippi College 2-1 in an earlier game.

Tournament officials will meet later Thursday to formulate a schedule for the rest of the tournament. There’s only a 20 percent chance of rain forecast for the area for Friday and none for Saturday.