The thunderstorms that inundated most of the Houston metroplex resulted in the rescheduling of high school sporting events throughout the area, and Galveston County’s high school softball schedule was no exception.
District games scheduled for Tuesday night were delayed for a day. Among the few teams that attempted to play were Friendswood and Texas City (both 1-0 in District 22-5A), after first agreeing to change the game’s venue from Friendswood High School to Texas City High School.
Despite little to no rain at Texas City High School, lightning strikes within 8 miles of the field forced the game’s stoppage with one out in the bottom of the third inning and the Lady Mustangs leading 4-0.
By rule, if a lightning strike is reported close enough to where a game is being played, the game must be stopped and not restarted for 30 minutes. Every subsequent nearby lightning strike restarts the clock.
After stopping the game at about 7:15 p.m., coaches and administrators attempted to wait out the nearby storm, but with more and more lightning strikes resetting the clock, it was decided at about 8:30 p.m. to resume the game at 5 p.m. Wednesday.
Two big blasts in the top of the second inning gave the Lady Mustangs their early lead. Catcher Elizabeth Higgins led off the frame with a solo home run on a 1-1 count, sending a ball screaming over the left field wall for a 1-0 lead.
Back-to-back well executed one-out bunt singles dropped down by second baseman Maddie Wilson and right fielder Amani Adi set the table for a three-run home run hammered to center field by shortstop Tricia Yarotsky to put Friendswood ahead, 4-0.
The big second inning atoned for a top of the first that saw Friendswood strand two runners. Yarotsky led off with a first-pitch bunt single, and pitcher Chloe Riasetto drew a two-out walk.
Riasetto escaped a spot of trouble in the bottom of the second when Texas City catcher Tavery Ortiz drew a leadoff walk, was bunted over to second base, and then center fielder Dylayna Zornes worked an eight-pitch walk in a quality at-bat.
The Lady Stings bunted courtesy runner Aaliyah Santos and Zornes into scoring position, but Riasetto buckled down and came through with a clutch strikeout.
Texas City leadoff hitter and pitcher Davionna Driscoll will be up to bat with a clean count when the game resumes Wednesday evening.
Other Galveston County games on Tuesday’s schedule that were delayed a day due to the weather were the District 24-6A openers of Clear Springs at Clear Falls, Clear Brook at Clear Creek, and Clear Lake at Dickinson.