The Wilkes County Post 31 junior legion softball program’s undefeated season remained intact on Monday night — sort of.
In what was scheduled to be a doubleheader at West Wilkes High School, the Flashers and McDowell Post 56 were tied going into the fifth inning of the first game.
But then a bolt of lightning struck from beyond center field after Abby Hatley led off the inning with an infield single, prompted umpires to suspend the game; ultimately, it was made official, going down as a 3-3 tie.
Before the inclement weather hit, Post 31 (2-0-1) found itself in an early hole before its first at-bat.
Post 56’s Dakota Melacon gave her team an early 1-0 advantage with an RBI double and Miranda Wall added an RBI single.
A third run was scored in the inning on an error.
Jayla Fisher, who finished with two hits, trimmed the deficit to 3-1 in the bottom of the second with an RBI double to score Lily Proffit.
McDowell had a potential opportunity to tack on an insurance run in the third when Wall singled to left field, advancing Melacon to third. But as Wall attempted to stretch a single into a double, she was tagged out at second base to end the inning.
The Flashers took advantage in the fourth after Proffit reached with a one-out single and took second on an error.
Proffit, who also finished with two hits, tagged up and advanced to third on Jayden Hutchison’s sacrifice fly to right field.
Fisher drove her in for the second time in the game with an RBI single. Lily Robbins tied the game 3-3 when she plated Fisher with an RBI infield single.
After a shaky start, Robbins settled down inside the pitching circle, not allowing a run and just two hits over the next four innings. Robbins also worked around six walks and struck out six.
Notes: After sweeping Hickory Post 48 last week at Bandys High School, Post 31 will now be off the remainder of June, before resuming play on July 1. Wilkes County’s senior legion team was scheduled to travel to Caldwell Post 29 on Tuesday night but those games were postponed due to inclement weather. They will now be made up on July 8 at Hibriten High School. The Flashers’ games against Alexander Post 170, which were scheduled for Thursday night, have also been postponed due to Alexander not having enough available players. A makeup date for that doubleheader has yet to be determined.