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Wash out in El Dorado, rain forces cancellation of Barton Softball at Butler

Wash out in El Dorado, rain forces cancellation of Barton Softball at Butler

Rain sweeping through the El Dorado area forced the cancellation of Wednesday's Barton Community College softball game at Butler Community College.   In a much anticipated matchup between the top ten nationally ranked teams fighting for a conference title, the game was cancelled following a second rain delay coming in the fifth inning causing the East Park diamond unplayable.  The No. 6 ranked Cougars rallied twice in the game tying up the No. 7 Grizzlies at two apiece before play was halted with Barton having the bases loaded with two outs.   Make-up date yet to be determined.

Butler took a first inning lead after Alexis Clinton's leadoff double scored on Becca Schulte's 0-2 pitch doubled off the center field fence.  

Having stranded a Cadie O'Donnell single and stolen base in the first inning, the Cougars didn't waste the next opportunity in the second as McKenna Mauler delivered the game tying two-strike single up the middle scoring pinch runner Caitlin Molyneux from second base.  Molyneux was inserted in the lineup after Payton Summers was hit by a pitch followed by Holly Posegate's single to right.

Madison Didion would strike out four in her four innings of work but the Grizzlies first inning 0-2 hit and a third inning 2-2 two-out solo homerun put Butler back in the lead at 2-1.

Following the first rain delay with Butler at-bat in the fourth with two outs, Didion quickly got the Cougars to the fifth inducing a harmless ground ball back to the circle.

Barton went to work with one-out in the top of the final inning getting singles by Maddison Schofield and O'Donnell before Jayden Gonzales loaded the bases after becoming the second Cougar to get plunked by a pitch.  Still atop the nation's top three runs batted in, Brittany Wood snapped a three game drought driving in the tying run with a sharp single to left leaving the bases loaded.  Following a Jenna Hosey fielder's choice resulting in a force out at home, Summers was left in the box with a one strike count as the second deluge forced the cancellation.