PLANT CITY, Fla. -- It took an army of 47 collegiate softball players and county park officials, but there was softball under the Florida lights on Tuesday evening.
The Heidelberg University softball team was able to hit the field for one game vs. the College of Saint Benedict (Minn.) after four hours of delays. The contest ended with the Minnesotans emerging with a 5-2 victory. Game two vs. St. John Fisher College (New York) was canceled due to adverse field conditions at the Randy Larson Complex.
After dropping their second straight game, the Berg stands at 1-3 overall, while CSB improved to 4-1.
Shelby Miller accounted for half of the Student Princes' hits going 3-for-4 at the plate including a triple in the first inning.
Kat Brady continued her outstanding start to her Berg career with a two-hit outing including a double in the seventh inning.
On her birthday, Joanna Catalano went 1-for-2 from the dish, scored a run, and walked once.
Game One: Saint Benedict - 5, Heidelberg - 2
Miller put her team in a promising position in the top of the first as she laced a triple down the right field line. Unfortunately, two strikeouts followed and the Berg failed to plate a run in the first.
The failure to score hurt Heidelberg in the bottom half of the first as CSB pounded out three hits and scored three runs. The Bennies used two triples and a single sandwiched around a fielder's choice to work the strong start.
With two outs in the inning and a runner on third, CSB hit a sharp grounder to the left side gap. Leah Bouillon made a nice diving stop and long throw to snare the out at first to bring a halt to the Bennies' offensive surge.
Heidelberg got on the board with both of their runs in the top of the third inning. Catalano, Brady, and Miller hit consecutive singles. With Casey Moore at the plate, all three runners advanced on a wild pitch, which resulted in Catalano scoring the first Berg run.
Continuing her at-bat, Moore grounded out to short, which scored Brady and advanced Miller to third.
Saint Benedict added insurance runs in the fourth and fifth to seal the win.
In the top of the seventh, the Berg looked poised to cut into the lead for a last-inning rally. Brady laced a sharp hit down the third base line that tipped off the Bennies' third baseman's visor and went for a double.
From there, the Berg was not able to advance Brady to the plate.
Stephanie Drapp started in the pitching circle for her third game of the season. Drapp (1-1) was tabbed with the loss, while allowing eight hits, five runs (four earned), and four strikeouts.
Alex Smith (1-0) picked up the win for the Bennies lasting four innings. Smith accounted for four hits, two earned runs, and five strikeouts. Grace Gilmore earned the save in relief finishing the last three innings.
Game Two: Heidelberg vs. St. John Fisher
Game two vs. St. John Fisher College was removed from the schedule due to unplayable field conditions. There are no plans to reschedule the contest. The county park officials worked tirelessly dropping over 200 bags of turface to get two of the four fields in playable condition on Tuesday.
Heidelberg will take their off day on Wednesday, before returning to Plant City on Thursday for a doubleheader vs. Hood College and Aurora University. Game one is slated for 1:15 p.m. while the second game is scheduled to follow at 3:30 p.m. Weather on Thursday is currently sunny and 74 degrees.