NORTH RIDGEVILLE — It takes more than a little rain to stop Keystone M.P.W.
A pregame downpour and a steady rain over the last two innings didn’t prevent Keystone from defeating Columbia Morlock Bros 15-4 in Class A in the opening night of the OGSO district tournament. Keystone M.P.W. was the only team to get a win Monday at Palmer Field as the rains eventually forced the suspension or postponement of the remaining games.
Keystone (7-6) did not need a lot of offensive firepower to keep the scoreboard working overtime. In fact, it had just three hits but took advantage of 19 walks and also had three batters hit by a pitch.
“I am really proud of the girls, they came out ready to play,” Keystone M.P.W. coach Janice Wolfe said. “Our pitcher Delaney (Peters) did a good job tonight. Everyone stayed focused even with the rain.”
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Peters was dominant in the circle, striking out 11 and allowing just one hit.
“I felt good about the game when I was pitching. I didn’t hit any batters today, I was glad about that,” Peters said. “I was thinking about throwing change-ups but I decided to stay with my fastball. The ball was really wet at the end of the game, but I fought through it.”
Peters also had a key hit in Keystone’s three-run fourth inning.
“I was happy I hit it all the way in the grass. I liked that,” said a smiling Peters.
Lily Cassell, who has shared the pitching duties with Peters all season, had Keystone M.P.W.’s first hit with a third-inning single.
“The other pitcher was having a rough night so our girls had to be patient and wait on pitches,” Wolfe said. “We worked all season on not swinging at bad pitches, but it was good to see them have a little fun in the late innings and be able to hit the ball. “
Keystone M.P.W. will face the Amherst Wranglers on Thursday at 6 p.m.
In other Class A action, Grafton Yates opened up a 9-2 lead over Sheffield Magic before wet fields caused the game to be suspended in the third inning.
The Class B game between Columbia Vitamix and Lorain X-Plosions was halted after 3½ innings with Columbia leading 13-5.
Grafton and Sheffield will resume their game today at 5:15 p.m. at Palmer Field. Columbia and Lorain will retake the field at 6 at North Ridgeville High School.
The Class B game between Buckeye and Spencer Historical Society was also postponed until 6 p.m. today at Palmer.
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