The rematch had been in the works since the first meeting back in early March. It will have to wait some more. Twice rain stopped play Wednesday afternoon in El Dorado with the second time being the final time.
So the No. 6 Barton Cougars and No. 7 Butler Grizzlies softball teams will remain tied at 9-1 atop the Jayhawk West standings. Barton is 38-2 on the year while Butler is 24-4. Their only conference losses are to each other in twinbill split at Barton.
The two teams were tied at 2-all in the top of the fifth inning when it was called off. A make-up has not been set as of yet.
When the two teams return to the field, the game will pick up where it left off.
In action that did take place, Butler scored first in the bottom of the opening inning but Barton came right back in the second inning to even it at 1-all on a McKenna Mauler single to score pinch runner Caitlin Molyneux.
After a solo homer by the Grizzlies made it 2-1 in the third inning, rain stopped play in the bottom of the fourth. The teams returned and finished that fourth then Barton went to work in the fifth. The Cougars got a bases loaded single from Brittany Wood to tie the game with one out then rain stopped play again with the bases loaded and two outs in the inning.
So when play resumes, Payton Summers will be at the plate with a 0-1 count and the bases loaded with two outs.
The Cougars next scheduled outing will be at home Saturday against Colby. The Trojans are the closest team to Barton and Butler at 10-2 in the West. Colby is 28-8 overall. Its only two conference losses were at Butler.
Didion, Posegate earn weekly award
It is becoming near common place. When the weekly Jayhawk West awards are announced the winners are wearing Barton blue. It marks the fifth time this season the Cougars have swept the award. Barton has won 11 out of a possible 16 times.
Madison Didion and Holly Posegate are the latest winners. For Didion it is the fifth straight week she has won the Pitcher of the Week and the sixth time in eight weeks the award has been given. In her three games, Didion struck out 24 in 17 innings and went 3-0.
Didion, a freshman, is currently fifth nationally in strikeouts with 161 in 120.2 innings of work. She is 20-1 on the year with a 1.39 ERA. Perhaps as impressive in her 12 walks during that same 120 innings.
Posegate was named Player of the Week for the second time this season. She hit .556 and drove in eight runs. She had a pair of homers and two doubles in six games. Posegate scored eight runs.