After nine innings of back-and-forth softball, Goldsboro’s game against rival Eastern Wayne was suspended because of poor weather, with the teams tied 6-6.
In the bottom of the ninth inning, when the rain started pouring down, Goldsboro head coach T.J. Lancaster, Eastern Wayne head coach Michael Gurganus and the umpires discussed how to proceed.
They decided to suspend the game, and on Tuesday afternoon it was determined the game would resume 6:45 p.m. today.
Eastern Wayne took a 1-0 lead when a runner stole home off a wild pitch. In the top of the second inning with the Cougars looking to respond, the game went into a lightning delay.
When the game finally started back up again, the Cougars wasted no time tying the game. Thanks to a wild throw by Eastern Wayne, Rileigh Gipson stole home base.
In the top of the fourth inning, the Cougars took the lead. With the bases loaded, Elizabeth Howell was walked to put Goldsboro up 2-1.
Then, with the bases still loaded, Mary Archibald hit a three run triple, and in a flash, Goldsboro was up, 5-1.
Eastern Wayne scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth to cut the lead down to 5-3. The Warriors tied the game at 5-5 in the bottom of the sixth.
Neither team was able to score in the seventh inning.
Emma Lane put Goldsboro back up 6-5 when she stole home, but Eastern Wayne wasn’t finished, and the Warriors tied the game 6-6.
“Eastern Wayne was ready to play,” Lancaster said. “They were lively in the dugout, so at practice, we talked about meeting their intensity.
“I told them as much as I was unhappy with their mental focus, and they were not satisfied with their focus either,” Goldsboro head coach T.J. Lancaster said. “But we still kept ourselves in the game and gave ourselves a shot every inning. Even when Eastern Wayne came back, we were still able to be resilient, and make some great plays.”
However, Goldsboro took back the lead in the top of the ninth inning. Gipson hit an RBI double, while Marcy Taylor hit an RBI ground hit. Taylor also pitched eight innings, and threw six strikeouts.
Now down 8-6, Eastern Wayne looked to come back for the third time, but the game was suspended when it started raining.
The game will finish this evening at Eastern Wayne and will be followed by another game immediately after.
“I’ve been doing this a long time, and I’ve picked up delayed games before, but I’ve never took up suspended in the bottom of the ninth, and turn around and play another game,” Lancaster said. “We’re going to go out there and refocus ourselves and make sure we’re ready to go.
“It’s going to be fun, and when you pick up a suspended game, it’s who can be the most mentally prepared going in because you’ve had a whole day to sit on it, and I think about what happened.”