Lady Commodores have to wait a day

Frazier’s Tori Washinski prepares to fire to first after making a sprawling stop of a Cranberry ground ball in the second inning of Tuesday’s PIAA Class AA semifinal game at Slippery Rock University. The PIAA Class AA final between the Lady Commodores and Brandywine Heights, originally scheduled for Thursday at 4 p.m., was rescheduled to Friday at 6:30 p.m.

Ed Thompson

The Frazier softball team was originally scheduled to play in its first PIAA championship game Thursday at 11 a.m.

Then, because of a conflict with graduation with one of the Class AAAAAA finalists, the game was flipped to a 4 p.m. start.

But, rainy weather on Thursday forced the Class AA final to be moved yet again, with the Lady Commodores now scheduled to play Brandywine Heights Friday at 6:30 p.m.

“Slightly,” responded Frazier coach Don Hartman when asked if he was frustrated.

At least Frazier didn’t travel all the way to Nittany Lion Softball Park to find out the news.

“We got word there was going to be a delay, so we went to Bedford and held up there, and got something to eat,” said Hartman. “It was a good move for us.”

Frazier wasn’t the only area team affected by the weather. The start of the Class AAAA final between Elizabeth Forward and West Perry, originally scheduled for 1:30 p.m., was moved back with the possibility it would be postponed until Friday. A decision had not been made at press time.

Showers were forecasted for the State College area, so there shouldn’t have been a surprise when the rain came.

“It’s frustrating. We knew two days ago the rain day was set for Saturday,” said Hartman. “They didn’t hesitate at all to reschedule (the semifinal games on Monday with expected rain showers).

“I’m feeling it’s a deal more with Penn State.”

Though frustrated, Hartman basically had the attitude of it is what it is.

“I don’t care when we play, as long as we play. I told the team these are memories you never forget. Enjoy every moment with this team,” said Hartman. “We only have 12 players. They’re really laid back. They’re the small little train that could.

“It’s a fun group.”

Hartman did find one positive of playing a day later.

“In a way, it gives our pitcher (Logan Hartman) an extra day of rest. She threw 130 pitches (Tuesday) in a hard-fought game. That’s a benefit to let her heal up,” said Hartman.

Hartman was given an option of the start time.

“‘Do you want to go later? Either 9 a.m. or 7:30 p.m.?’,” said Hartman. “We wanted to play the late game. I guess they juggled the schedule and we will start tentatively at 6:30.”

No matter when the game starts, Hartman understands his squad will be playing in the championship, the last game of the season.

“We’ll try to make the most of it and have fun,” added Hartman.

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