Softball: Rainouts push back sectional semifinals
By Tony Baranek firstname.lastname@example.org May 31, 2012 8:44PM
Oak Forest vs. Kankakee, 4:30 p.m. Friday
winner vs. Providence,
11 a.m. Saturday
Sandburg vs. Marist,
3 p.m. Friday
Sandburg-Marist winner vs. Mother McAuley,
11 a.m. Saturday
Updated: July 6, 2012 9:52AM
So everybody complains about the weather?
Not Oak Forest softball coach Katy Dammer.
Even as the rain poured on Thursday’s Class 3A Providence Sectional semifinal between her Bengals and Kankakee, Dammer’s reaction was more shrug than shrill.
“Living in the good old Midwest you’ve got to be prepared for anything,” Dammer said. “We’ve been blessed to have the weather we already did this season. So I knew something was bound to happen. Why not let it happen during the playoffs?
“We’ve just got to roll with the punches. We were definitely pumped to play (Thursday). We’ve just got to carry that energy into (Friday). It actually gives us an extra day to prepare. It should make us that much better.”
The Oak Forest-Kankakee semi was rescheduled for 4:30 p.m. Friday. The winner is to play the host Celtics in Saturday’s sectional final.
Providence (26-12), after surviving a bases-loaded nobody-out situation in the top of the seventh, scored a run in the bottom of the inning to win Wednesday’s semifinal 2-1 over Tinley Park.
The other Southland game impacted by the weather Thursday was the Class 4A sectional semifinal between host Sandburg (21-15) and Marist (22-15). The two teams are to return for a 3 p.m. Friday meeting.
That winner earns a Saturday sectional final date opposite Mother McAuley (25-10), which rode two three-run home runs by Emily Powers to an 8-0 semifinal victory over Richards.
“We’ll go at 3 o’clock to give the girls a little extra rest (for Saturday),” Sandburg coach Jim Fabianski said. “The girls were ready to play, but you’ve got to put everything out of your mind. It won’t do any good to get upset about it.
“Hey, it’s going to be a great day (Friday). We’d rather be playing under safer conditions.”