Wednesday’s rain-plagued Division II softball semifinal between host No. 2 Vergennes and No. 3 BFA-Fairfax was suspended in the bottom of the first inning with the Commodores winning, 2-0. It will be resumed on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. exactly as it ended on Wednesday when umpires halted play due to the weather, with Commodore runners on first and second and nobody out.
The game had been already moved from Tuesday to Wednesday at Fairfax’s request because the school had a graduation ceremony for its technical students and a home baseball playoff game both already scheduled on Tuesday.
The winner of the semifinal between the 16-2 Commodores and 17-0 defending champion Bullets will face No. 5 Otter Valley for the D-II title at a date and time to be announced at the Poultney Recreation Field.
On Wednesday, Commodore pitcher Dani Brown retired the Bullets in order in the top of the first inning. But the rain intensified and Bullet ace and Vermont Gatorade Player of the Year Kayla Mathieu struggled with her control vs. VUHS. Mathieu walked leadoff hitter Kayla Charron, and threw two wild pitches, allowing her to advance to third. Emilee Trudo followed with a bunt single, with Charron holding at third. Mathieu then tossed another wild pitch, scoring Charron and advancing Trudo to second. Taylor Paquette then put down a sacrifice bunt, and a fielding error allowed Trudo to score and Paquette to reach second. After Mathieu walked Brown, the umpires suspended play until Thursday.
As of Wednesday evening, however, the forecast showed a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, leaving in question if the game can be completed on Thursday and possibly even whether the D-II final can be played this weekend.