Calais girls take rainouts in stride

Posted June 23, 2009, at 9:37 p.m.

You’d think after three days of postponements and a supply of rain that doesn’t want to go away, the Calais softball team would be frustrated and ready to give Mother Nature its wrath.

That’s not the case, and even though the Maine Principals’ Association once again postponed Tuesday’s scheduled Class C state championship game between the Blue Devils and Telstar of Bethel, the team would rather not have a game of this magnitude be decided on a soggy field.

“I don’t think we were disappointed that much because of the conditions of [Brewer High School’s Coffin Field],” said third baseman Toni Cole, one of seven seniors on the team.

Calais and Telstar will try once again to play at 3 p.m. today with Skowhegan and Scarborough in the Class A contest at 7.

When the Blue Devils traveled to Brewer on Monday, the rain wasn’t falling all that hard.

But it started pouring shortly before the bus pulled into Coffin Field, so they weren’t too bummed that the game was called and they’d have to make the two-hour drive back to Washington County.

“When we got off the bus [Monday], the field was not playable,” said Calais coach Greg Smith. “[Brewer AD] Dennis Kiah and his crew did the best they could to try to get it ready.”

Instead of pouting, Calais took advantage of a full day, with team members eating lunch at Ruby Tuesday’s in Brewer and taking the long bus ride in stride while having fun and playing games.

“Every time we get together its pretty much a bonding experience, we learn something new from each person [and] we sing most of the way so we got our vocals ready,” said senior infielder Courtney Hill.

The Blue Devils are also keeping things loose at practice, which is not exactly a surprise.

“Our team is always loose, I don’t think we really get stressed out, we’ve stayed pretty loose throughout this whole experience,” said Hill.

Even though the Devils are having fun, Smith knows that the team is ready to play and get their summer started.

“We’re ready for it to be done so we can move on,” he said. “Most of these kids have jobs and I’m sure their employers are getting a little perturbed with this Mother Nature thing. Hopefully we’ll get it in [Wednesday].”

Cole is returning to the Calais lineup after missing the regional final against Sumner of East Sullivan as she was the maid of honor in her sister’s wedding, and she’s primed to help bring Calais, which has been a basketball powerhouse over the years, its first state softball crown.

“I think playing in the state game last year, we were excited just to be in the state game considering we were a young team,” Cole said. “But we’re going at it this year, we’re going to go to win, that’s our goal.”

Calais lost to Georges Valley of Thomaston 2-0 last spring while the school’s initial appearance in a state title game came in 1995, a 6-2 setback to Madison.

Cole was quick to give Brewer’s crew some credit for all the maintenance they’ve done.

“We appreciate it, we hear what they’re doing with the sponges and squeegees, if it weren’t for them we couldn’t play,” Cole said.

Since Downeast neighbor Woodland already captured the Class D state crown on Saturday, Calais would love nothing more than to bring another state championship trophy to Washington County.

“We’re good friends with everyone on that Woodland team,” said Hill. “A couple of them are [coming to the game and] making us signs tonight.”

Calais’ other key players include senior pitcher Tessa Clark, shortstop Alex McVicar, catcher Honor Wilkinson and first baseman Nicole Osborne, all juniors.

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