Mother Nature just hasn’t cooperated with the Richmond High School softball team this year.
The Red Devils are hoping that won’t be the case this weekend as they try to begin a new tradition with the program.
Richmond is scheduled to host Hagerstown, Eaton (Ohio) and Jay County in the inaugural Richmond Invitational.
“We’re really looking forward to a Saturday of two games,” Richmond coach Kyle Ingram said. “We’ve got three really good teams.”
Richmond was scheduled to open its season March 21 at Rushville, but the game was postponed due to inclement weather.
So was the March 27 home opener against Hamilton Southeastern.
And after a tease of 80-degree weather this week, rain washed out Thursday’s scheduled visit to Connersville.
“The girls, especially, we’re all kind of having cabin fever,” Ingram said. “You can do so much in practice and so much simulation of game conditions, but at the end of the day, actual competition and putting yourself out there is what’s going to help you get better.”
Richmond plays Hagerstown at 10 a.m., while Eaton and Jay County square off at 11:30.
A consolation game will follow at 2:30 p.m., while the championship is slated for 4.
“I’ve got a lot of respect for (Hagerstown’s) program,” Ingram said. “(Head coach Chuck Green) has been in charge of that program from its inception. … I know the kind of work he has put into that program, I know the type of young ladies they have playing for them and they have played some games. We’re still waiting to play our first one.”
Richmond is the defending North Central Conference champion and finished 21-7 last season. The NCC title was the first for the program.
Hagerstown is 3-5 after falling 6-2 Wednesday at Randolph Southern.
Four of the Tigers’ defeats have been one-run ballgames.
“It’ll be the first time we play them over there. We played Richmond before but it’s always been at invitationals somewhere else,” Green said.
“I feel like it’s a big game, … I’m looking forward to it. … I was talking to the girls about that tonight, Saturday morning’s a big game for us, so we’re going to work hard Thursday and Friday to prepare for Saturday.”