NEW LONDON — The Washington and New London softball teams were trading blows in a nonconference game on Friday night, but lightening and heavy rain threw its own knock out punch in the sixth inning. With Washington leading 4-3 in the bottom of the sixth, inclement weather caused a stoppage, and the two teams were never able to pick up, giving the Demons a one-run win.
New London scored the first run of the night plating one in the bottom of the first off Washington starter Cara Linnenkamp. Linnenkamp clamped up over the next three innings, however, and bought some time for the Demon offense to put up two runs in the third, one in the fourth and one in the fifth to take a 4-1 advantage.
New London cut the lead to one with a two-run fifth. New London starter Elly Manning worked her way out of a jam in the top of the sixth, and the New London bats readied to take their shot at tying the game up, but the skies above had other plans.
Before the first pitch in the bottom of the sixth, the game was called. A heavy rainstorm was coming in from the east and the softball game came to an end, as did the New London-Highland baseball field on the other field.
The Demons collected seven hits by seven different players in the win. Anna Venenga went 1-for-2 with a double and an RBI. Kellie Dallmeyer went 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI, and Cameron Malichky went 0-2 with an RBI. Kaitlyn Mitchell went 1-for-3 with a triple.
Linnenkamp picked up the win, giving up three earned runs on six hits over five innings of work. She struck out four New London batters.
Kara Krieger was 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles to lead New London. Sofie Reighard went 2-for-3 with an RBI, and Manning knocked in a run to help her own cause.
Manning gave up four earned runs over her five innings in the circle.
Note that final statistics do not count the happenings of the top of the sixth. Due to the rainout, stats from the top of the sixth are void, since the inning was never finished.