SENECA — The Streator and Seneca softball teams played their version of “Rain Delay Theatre” before their Interstate Eight Conference battle on Friday in Seneca.
The tarp was on the field while Mother Nature was having some fun like she has had all spring, but she finally let up and the tarp came off.
“We came out and tarped the field after school and wanted to play,” said Seneca coach Dan Stecken. “The girls have been playing well, and they wanted to play. We only have a couple of makeup days left. I was proud, because they worked hard getting the tarp on and off.”
The Lady Bulldogs took advantage of that in the top of the first inning, though, scoring two runs only to see the Lady Irish score six runs on nine hits in the bottom half of the first frame and go on to a 10-3 win.
Seneca (9-1 overall, 3-0 I-8) pitcher Maggie Carpenter started off on a good note in the top of the first as she fanned Ellie Magana and Anna Yanek for the first two outs of the game. However, Maddie Barichello reached first on a dropped-third strike and was replaced by courtesy runner Faith Clift, who went to second on a walk to Chloe Castillo.
Carpenter issued a third straight base on balls to Grace Schmitz to load the bases, and Streator took a 2-0 lead when Aubrey Durdan smacked a single to score Clift and Castillo.
Seneca got hot in the bottom of the first, as leadoff hitter Taylor Bushman got proceedings started when she singled and stole second base. A double to left field by Lyda Robinson scored Bushman from second to cut the Streator (4-7, 2-2) lead in half at 2-1. Robinson advanced to third on a Streator error.
A single to right by Kylie Winsor chased home Robinson to tie the game at 2-all. Cassidy Draves sent Winsor to second on a single to center. A single by Claudia Morris, the fifth straight hit by Seneca, scored Winsor from third to give Seneca the lead for good at 3-2.
The Lady Irish added three more runs in the inning to make the score 6-2 after one.
“(Seneca is) a good-hitting ballclub,” said Streator coach Dawn Williams. "They hit the ball very hard. They had some nice hits, places where we weren’t.”
Streator got its third run of the game in the top of the third when courtesy runner Anna Schmitz scored on a single to right by Grace Schmitz.
The home team added two more runs each in the third and fifth innings to make it 10-3. Britney Helms reached on an infield single and stole second. Carpenter coaxed a walk from Yanek, and a single by Gillian Culbreth sent Helms home.
Another infield single, this time from Bushman, loaded the bases, but Streator was able to get a double play when Robinson lined out to shortstop Magana, who caught Carpenter straying too far from third. Winsor then brought home Culbreth with a single to left to make it 8-2.
Winsor led the 15-hit Lady Irish attack with three singles, while Bushman and Robinson each had two hits. Carpenter (1 ER, 9 K) scattered five Streator hits in six innings of work.
Flatness came on in relief in the top of the seventh and pitched a 1-2-3 inning.
Seneca 10, Streator 3
STREATOR (3) — Magana 4-0-0-0,Yanek 4-0-1-0, Barichello 3-0-0-0, A. Schmitz 0-1-0-0, Clift 0-1-0-0, Castillo 2-1-0-0, G. Schmitz 2-0-1-1 Durdan 4-0-1-2, Adkins 1-0-0-0, Aukland 3-0-2-0, Davis 3-0-0-0, Gubbels 0-0-0-0. Totals 26-3-5-3.
SENECA (10) — Bushman 3-1-2-0, Robinson 4-1-2-2, Winsor 4-1-3-2, Draves 4-1-1-0, Morris 4-1-0-0, Flatness 3-1-1-1, Wilson 1-0-0-0, Helms 3-1-1-0, Maloney 1-0-0-0, Carpenter 1-0-1-2, Krull 1-0-0-0, Culbreth 2-2-1-1, Neimann 0-0-0-0. Totals 31-10-13-8
Streator (4-7, 2-2) 201 000 0 — 3
Seneca (9-1, 3-0) 602 020 x — 10
2B – Flatness.
Streator ip h r er bb k
Yanek (L) 4.0 12 10 10 3 3
Durdan 2.0 1 0 0 0 2
Carpenter (W) 6.0 5 3 1 3 9
Flatness 1.0 0 0 0 0 0