By AARON HAGEN
WORTHINGTON -- It’s going to take a little while longer before the winner will be decided from Tuesday's softball game between Worthington and Windom Area.
With the game tied 5-5 in the bottom of the sixth, the skies opened, the thunder and rain came and the game was suspended.
The Eagles led 1-0 after the first inning and took a 5-2 advantage into the bottom of the fourth. However, the Trojans scored three runs in the fourth to tie the game.
“We got behind right away and in your mind maybe you’re like, ‘Oh man,’” WHS head coach Rosalie Hayenga-Hostikka said. “But I’m super proud of them for answering after that big four-running inning that they had. It would have been real easy for us to collapse at that point.”
Windom Area’s Shelby Erickson led off the game with a triple and scored on Kaitlee Huska’s single.
The Trojans answered in the bottom of the first with a solo home run from Sophie Wietzema. WHS then took a 2-1 lead in the second after Hailey Cauwels was hit by a pitch, was sacrificed to second, stole third and scored on a wild pitch.
But WA had a big inning in the fourth. Allison Letcher singled and Paige Vancura reached on an error. Daytona Smedsrud doubled to score Letcher and Jenna Veenker singled to drive home two runs. Veenker later scored as Jenna Brockman reached on an error.
“They hit the ball hard,” Hayenga-Hostikka said. “I don’t know what we were doing a little bit out there, it’s a little frustrating. Those are some of the things we’ve been trying to clean up and honestly have been doing a pretty good job.”
Trailing 5-2 entering the bottom of the fourth, Worthington came through with three runs. Cauwels and Stephanie Bauman each singled. Kami Bird hit a double to score both runners. Bird scored on Haley Grimmius’ single.
“That was absolutely huge for us,” Hayenga-Hostikka said. “Just mentally huge for us to come back right away after that big inning by them.”
However, neither team scored in the fifth and WA was shut down in the sixth before the game was postponed.
Worthington has a key doubleheader on Thursday in Luverne against a strong Cardinal team.
“They are a very good team,” Hayenga-Hostikka said. “They have a great pitcher and kids that can hit the ball. That will be tough for us.”