Ansonia, Versailles softball teams look toward playoffs

By Kyle Shaner kshaner@civitasmedia.com

May 10, 2014

VERSAILLES — Both Ansonia and Versailles really wanted to play Friday’s softball game in preparation of the start of the Ohio High School Athletic Association tournament, but rain that started right around the first pitch stymied those plans.

The two Darke County softball teams completed the first inning in a light rain with both squads stranding a pair of runners in the opening inning. Ansonia had a pair of runners on base in the top of the second inning when the rain got heavier and halted play.

After a short break during which the field was soaked, and the Versailles players’ lighthearted attempts to scoop water off the field proved unsuccessful, the teams called off the game.

Versailles coach Mechelle Heitkamp had hoped her team would get some good at bats against Ansonia and its pitcher, Catey Fischer, prior to starting the OHSAA playoffs Monday.

“I think we’ll be ready for tournament,” Heitkamp said. “I think we got a good tournament draw. Kids are hitting the ball well. Disappointing we didn’t get to play tonight just because Catey is a good pitcher, it would be good for our batters to see that.”

Versailles, the fifth seed in its sectional, begins tournament play at 5 p.m. Monday with a home playoff game against 10th seeded National Trail.

Ansonia, which is the third seed in its sectional, also will begin the tournament at home with a game at 5 p.m. Tuesday against 14th seeded Botkins. Ansonia coach Floyd Jenkins was disappointed in Friday’s cancellation as the game could have tested his team’s mental toughness prior to the start of the playoffs.

“That’s why we was hoping to play this game tonight, a good team like Versailles,” he said.

Ansonia, which has a 16-9 record, has won four games in a row and has one more regular season contest scheduled for 5 p.m. Monday against Union City, Indiana.

“I think we’re peaking at the right time. We’ve won four in a row now,” Jenkins said. “I think we’re ready (for the playoffs).”

Versailles is 10-9 this season, having lost Saturday morning to Parkway.

“It’s been up and down,” Heitkamp said of her team’s play this season. “We play really well some nights, and other nights we struggle some. Hopefully we’re peaking at the right time of the year.”

Ansonia and Versailles didn’t reschedule Friday’s game. They might resume it at some point or decide to cancel it with the teams’ tournament fortunes playing a role in the eventual decision.