HELENA — The Carroll College softball team was all ready to play its final two home games of the season.
That was until Mother Nature forced a change of plans.
The Saints were coming off two wins Friday to start off a four-game series against Cascade Collegiate Conference foe University of British Columbia, but Game 3 didn’t last past the top of the first inning.
As of right now, there are no plans to reschedule the two games.
“It was a practical decision but a tough decision, because it was the last home game and senior day,” Carroll athletic director Charlie Gross said. “It’s in the hands of the conference and we will have to wait to see if it will actually determine standings.”
Centennial Park was already muddy from rain earlier in morning, but the rain intensified right after the 11 a.m. start time, causing the umpires to call for a 30 minute weather delay.
The weather never let up and eventually the games were called off, leaving the Saints to wonder how the cancellation will impact their playoff picture.
Carroll would sit at fifth if the six-team CCC postseason tournament had started today. With four games left on the schedule and the Saints just one of five teams separated by only three wins for the final two spots, it’s coming down to an important final week of the regular season.
“Right now, I don’t think the games are going to factor in,” Saints coach Aaron Jackson said. “It’ll take some sweeps from other teams, so we have to see what the conference wants to do, but I think we will just move forward.”
Next weekend, Carroll travels to Providence to begin a four-game series. Two wins should be enough to clinch the fifth seed, barring how British Columbia does.
“We just need to take care of business next weekend and the postseason will be ours,” Jackson said.
Not only did the weather leave the team with postseason questions, but it spoiled the opportunity for the seniors to play their final two games at Centennial Park. Senior day festivities were moved into the PE Center shortly after the games were rained out.
“The cool thing about this team is that we are always in high spirits,” Saints senior shortstop Brittany Smith said. “We have dealt with adversity every single year with the weather, so it’s only fitting that the festivities are pushed into a gym.”
Along with Smith, Carroll will graduate four other seniors in outfielders TJ Rucker and Ashley Davis, catcher Tianna Sell and pitcher Tess Eaton.
“It’s disappointing not to send out the seniors with two more home games,” Jackson said. “We had a great day yesterday and this will be a story for years to come.”