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May 11, 2008

After lengthy rain delay, Woods declared national softball champion

Decatur, Ill. — St. Mary-of-the-Woods coaches and players figured they might play Robert Morris-Springfield again after slipping past that team 2-1 Saturday night in the championship bracket of the U.S. Collegiate Athletic Association national softball tournament.

They’d entered that contest as the only unbeatens left in the double-elimination bracket that was narrowed down to four teams by pool play Friday and early Saturday at Borg Warner Sports Complex.

Then Robert Morris-Springfield bounced back to eliminate Spalding 8-2 in a game called in the fifth inning because of rain at about 11:25 p.m. EDT Saturday.

That set up a late-night rematch between The Woods and Robert Morris-Springfield.

But Mother Nature wouldn’t let it happen.

After a lengthy rain delay, tournament officials declared The Woods national champion because of its 2-0 record in the bracket. At that point, only the most hard-core fans were still there to witness a short trophy presentation conducted at about 1 a.m. Sunday under a shelter as steady showers made the complex’s fields unplayable for the rest of the weekend.

This was the Pomeroys’ second USCAA national title in a row and sixth in the last seven years.

“It was kinda different this time,” Woods second-year coach Gary Rodgers admitted.

“But we look at it as we were the champions determined by head-to-head competition. We’re happy with the decision that was made and we‘re satisfied that we’re national champions of the USCAA.”

”It was kinda bittersweet,” added SMWC senior Ashley Loomis, a former Riverton Parke High School standout. “Jessica Ketner [the team’s other senior] and I didn’t know that [2-1 triumph over Robert Morris-Springfield] would be the last game we played. We wanted one more chance to play. But we were happy to take home another national championship.”

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