It can take a long time to get back through the consolation bracket of a softball tournament.
Ashland University's softball team was on the road to doing such on Saturday (April 30), then Mother Nature got involved. Following a 3-1 win over Grand Valley State and a 9-0, five-inning victory against Ferris State, the Eagles and host Findlay were tied at 1 through seven innings before having to suspend their consolation finals contest.
AU (28-22-1) and the Oilers (31-20) will resume the game in the eighth inning on Sunday (May 1) at 8:30 a.m. The winner will play Wayne State (45-7) in either one or two championship games on Sunday.
In the first game of the day against the Lakers, Ashland scored single runs in the top of the second, fifth and seventh innings. Sophomore third baseman Marissa Caraballo was 2-for-2 with a double and two RBIs, and senior pitcher Sarah Alley improved to 16-8 after allowing seven hits, a run and no walks and striking out two in going the distance.
The run-rule victory over the Bulldogs saw the Eagles score three times in the top of the first and put up a six-spot in the fourth. Junior shortstop Alexis Van Horn had a home run and three RBIs, senior first baseman Jen Moore had a double and two RBIs and senior left fielder Shelbie Prince drove in two runs.
Freshman pitcher Hannah Stroe evened her record at 7-7 thanks to a five-inning three-hit shutout. She walked four and struck out two.
Ashland was one out away from elimination against the Oilers, but an RBI double by junior center fielder Ally Farrah tied the game and forced the suspension prior to the eighth inning.