COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s softball team left the diamond at Morsches Park with a sour taste in its mouth, after suffering a difficult loss to Snider Friday, 6-5.
The Lady Eagles battled back from a 4-0 deficit in the first inning to get within one run of tying the game. Larissa Rehrer stepped up to the plate with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning and knocked a double to right field, sending home a runner on second base to tie the score — or not.
Many fans, players and coaches were confused after the run was called off, the runner returned to her base and Rehrer was sent back to the plate. The umpire had called a time-out, but Snider’s pitcher still threw the ball.
“We didn’t see him call time, but I don’t think he’d do anything to purposely hurt us,” Columbia City Head Coach Steve Cox said. “He’s been a good umpire for us all season.”
In Rehrer’s second attempt, she managed to advance the base runner to third, but was thrown out at first. With two outs and a runner on third base, Columbia City’s final batter struck out, ending the game with a 6-5 score.
“I’m proud of the girls, they fought back after the first inning and didn’t quit,” Cox said. The Lady Eagles are now 5-8.