Rain holds off on opening day of softball event
by Emily Horos
ehoros@cherokeetribune.com
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Rachel Murphy takes a swing Friday in Etowah’s game against Harrison in the Leadoff Classic. The Lady Eagles’ rally from a five-run deficit ultimately fell short, with a 6-4 defeat.
<BR>Staff photo by Todd Hull
Rachel Murphy takes a swing Friday in Etowah’s game against Harrison in the Leadoff Classic. The Lady Eagles’ rally from a five-run deficit ultimately fell short, with a 6-4 defeat.
Staff photo by Todd Hull
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The rain held off Friday as the Leadoff Classic continued around Cherokee County.

Cherokee won the first of its two games scheduled for Friday, edging Sequoyah 7-5. The Lady Warriors were also scheduled to play Woodland-Bartow at 7:30 p.m.

In other games, Harrison defeated Etowah 6-4 and River Ridge fell to North Paulding 3-0. Etowah was also slated to play against Columbus later Friday night.

The fields should be full again today, as long as the weather holds.

Games will take place today at Reinhardt University, River Ridge, Etowah and West Forsyth, beginning at 8 a.m. Highlighting the schedule are Creekview’s game against Blessed Trinity at Reinhardt at 8 a.m., Dodge County at Etowah at 5 p.m. and Harrison at River Ridge at 7:15 p.m.

Creekview coach Chance Cain, who organized the event, doesn’t think that rain will be an issue until at least the afternoon, when the forecast for inclement weather is the greatest.

Games originally scheduled to take place at Boling Park in Canton had already been moved to Twin Creeks Softball Complex after flooding last week along the adjacent Etowah River.

“Everyone else’s field is good,” Cain said. “Reinhardt has got their whole field tarped. I talked to (coach) Tori (Brown) at Etowah and she has got everything ready for (today). It’s a 30-percent chance of rain until about 4 or 5 o’clock, then it bumps up to about 50 percent. We may get a little drizzle throughout the day and it may just hurt the games later in the day. We will just have to see.”

Aside from the rain, the event has been running smoothly. Cain said games were on schedule and fans were out despite the cooler temperatures and wet weather.
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