Everyone is trying to catch undefeated Cherry Ridge as the 2013 season heads down the stretch.
Although the rains relaxed in time to only cause a delayed start of Monday night's action at Bingham Park the storm surely didn't diminish on the diamond.
The Cora's Bistro Beavers put out the proverbial welcome mat for Laurensen's Landscaping/ Wallace Hair Design in this Week Seven Wayne County Women's Softball League showdown.
Starting on the mound for Cora's was Carissa Iyoob. She was opposed by the Tiffany Hoffmann of the Ladybugs.
Light rain was still falling as Lauersen's got on the board early.
Annie Vega legged out a 1-out triple driving in Jamie Morgan who had been on first courtesy of a walk.
Vega then came home on an RBI single before Iyoob retired the next batter and a fielder's choice ended those early efforts.
The Beavers battled back with a leadoff triple from Brighid Bauer who was then batted in by Leah Simko on a one out triple herself.
A Bald Eagle flew over the field at that time as a rainbow emerged from the cloudy sky. Signs of good fortune, perhaps?
Heather Reiman then singled for an RBI and tied the game 2-2 before a pair of fielder's choices ended the inning.
Iyoob struggled in the top of the second, sending consecutive batters to first on balls and allowing April VanOrden, Jacqui Alma, and Steph Orr to walk home, making it 5-2.
This prompted a pitching change for the Beavers and Sue Zieres came in for relief.
A hit by Hoffman scored Missy Smythe making it 6-2 before Cora's recomposed and retired the side.
Offensively, the Beavers struggled in the bottom of the inning.
A one-out walk to Stacy Grund was followed by a single for Zieres but a fielder's choice forced Grund out at third.
Another walk to Dana Borkowski loaded the bases for the Beavers but they were all left stranded by a ground out to cap off the inning.
Laurensen's added more to the tally in the third with a 1-out double from VanOrden. She was then driven home by Alma to make it 7-2.
A grounder and a strike out ended the Ladybugs small burst and they took to the field to fend off the Beavers again.
They promptly took out two of the Beavers with double play and struck out a third leaving one on the bags at the end of the third.
Morgan struck with a 1-out double in the top of the fifth and was followed by Vega who walked.
While Zieres chalked up another K for the Beavers, Jax Ellefsen would bat in Morgan making it 8-3 before the Ladybugs were shut down.
In the bottom of the inning it would be Hoffmann who struggled as she walked Melissa Pegola, Lisa Barnes, and Zieres in order.
She then surrendered a 3-run double to Bauer, making it 8-6.
A double play then cleared the bases and the Beavers were back to square one. S
imko was hit by a pitch, then Reiman doubled to advance Simko, and Iyoob was walked loading the bases once again, but a fielder's choice thwarted the Beavers rally.
Down the Stretch
A mist began to settle in as the fifth inning began but the Ladybugs kept the pressure on with a single from Alma.
Orr then drove in Alma making it 9-6 and was in turn sent home by rookie Caitlin Donohue with a single.
With two outs, Morgan and Vega followed suit with singles each to load the bases for Hoffman, but a fielder's choice stopped Laurensen's Ladies form doing further damage.
Vega then took to the mound to relieve Hoffmann, but the change in pitchers only served to help the Beavers gnaw back.
Pegolo smacked a 1-out single before Vega tallied up a strike out against Cora's girls but then things started to go south for Laurensen's.
Zieres and Bauer walked, loading the bases for Borkowski, who drove in Pegolo making it 10-7.
Vega then walked in Zieres and Reiman drove in Bauer and Borkowski to tie the game at 10 each.
Another fielder's choice ended the Beavers' drive and at the top of the sixth, with the sun setting and the fog thickening, the game was called.
Both teams decided to continue the bout at a later date, but since this was their second match-up of the season, things probably won't be decided until just before the playoffs at the end of the season.
Words of Wisdom
Player-Manager Stacy Grund had mixed feelings about the Beavers' performance.
"I thought we did a great job at getting the runs back," she said. "But, I wish we could have put up more runs earlier."
While her team technically is undefeated at 3-0, they lag behind many other clubs due to rescheduled games and poor weather.
"We've also had a hard time getting all of our players to make all of the games," she added. "So, a lot of people are really stepping up and playing positions they aren't used to as well as doing well hitting, so to that extent I'm very pleased."