ST. JOHNS — There was plenty of thunder and lightning Saturday at St. Johns.
Part of it came from the Owosso softball team and freshman ace Macy Irelan, who pitched a one-hit shutout over five innings during a 13-0 win against St. Johns.
Another part came from the Trojan bats, which totaled 11 hits and were spearheaded by three-hit swingers Brooke Hemker and Clover Brandt.
But most came from the weather.
The second semifinal of the day, Corunna vs. Alma, was halted after two innings due to an impending thunderstorm. Officials sent players and fans for cover a few minutes before the rain and lightning came at approximately 1:15 p.m. After an hour delay, and with additional storms in the forecast, officials told coaches that the tournament would resume Monday at 4 p.m.
Irelan was in complete control during the early semifinal. The right-hander struck out 12 and walked one. St. Johns’ only hit — a grounder off the bat of Olivia Cardenas — came in the second inning with two out.
“It was just a lot of fun,” Irelan said. “The whole team was really excited to start districts. We had a lot of energy out there and it was really fun to pitch.”
Owosso scored in the top of the first thanks to Clover Brandt’s run-scoring single and a few fielding miscues by the Redwings.
The Trojans made it 2-0 in the second inning when Nevaeh Ginger laid down a bunt single with one out, stole second base and advanced to third on a fielder’s choice. Addison Kregger drove her in with a single.
Owosso scored two more runs in the third, getting a clutch two-out single by Reyn Tuttle following base hits by Brandt and Irelan. Owosso tacked on four in the fourth, drawing three walks and getting hits by Brandt and Hemker.
Tuttle doubled and Hemker and Madyson Rainey singled to highlight a five-run fifth.
Hemker, Brandt and Tuttle each had two RBIs. Tuttle had two hits including her double.
Irelan said Owosso (29-8) was disappointed it couldn’t continue the tournament, but said the team will be ready Monday with clear weather predicted.
“They (her Owosso teammates) wanted to play but they didn’t want to play through the horrible weather,” Irelan said.
Owosso and coach JoEllen Smith had to wait more than an hour on the bus before finally receiving the news that the tournament would be suspended.
“You can only wait so long,” Smith said. “We’re fine with it. We’ll start fresh and come out and do the same thing we did the first game. It was the thunder more than anything they were worried about. Every time there’s thunder, there is a half- hour delay.”
While the Owosso-St. Johns district semifinal went smoothly with no delays, the same could not be said for the late district semifinal.
Corunna trailed Alma 4-0 and the Cavaliers had just finished their half of the second when officials suspended the game with the winds picking up and the clouds getting more ominous. The teams were told there would be at least a half an hour delay.
A major thunderstorm descended a few minutes later. About an hour later, Corunna coach Sam Shuster was informed the game would be resumed Monday at 4 p.m.
Alma left-hander Danielle Shaw had struck out four of the six batters she faced when the game was halted.
Division 2 District at St. Johns
OWOSSO 13, ST. JOHNS O
Owosso 112 45 — 13 10 0
St. Johns 000 00 — 0 1 6
WP: Macy Irelan, Owosso (5 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 12 K, 1 BB).
LP: Cardenas, St. Johns (4 IP, 6 ER, 9 H, 3 K, 2 BB).
Hits: Owosso — Clover Brandt 3-3, 2 R, 2 RBI; Reyn Tuttle 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI; Brooke Hemker 3-4, RBI. St. Johns — Cardenas 1-1.
Records Owosso 29-7.