In a rare result for softball at any level, Marathon and St. Brendan high schools played to a scoreless 0-0 tie after eight innings Tuesday in Miami.
The Dolphins arrived later than expected for the scheduled 4 p.m. game and a pitcher's duel ensued. The problem is the Sabres have no lights on their field and it became too dark to play after the eighth inning.
"The official reason for ending the game was lack of light," Marathon coach Sean McDonald said.
The Dolphins failed to capitalize on what McDonald said was a solid pitching performance by sophomore Jordan Roney. She struck out eight batters in eight innings and allowed four hits and two walks.
"The only bad part was they shut us out, too. It was one of the games that down the road is going to help us. They're a bigger school and we kept our composure and stayed tough," McDonald said.
No more so than the bottom half of the last inning said, when the Sabres were set up with runners on first and second with no outs. Senior catcher Ashlyn Katz threw a runner out attempting to steal third and Roney secured the last two outs.
But the Dolphins faced a different pitcher than they did in the teams' Feb. 7 matchup and couldn't get going offensively. Marathon won that game 2-1.
"They had a new pitcher. She did a good job mixing up her pitches," McDonald said.
Marathon managed four hits, by Roney, Sydney Konrath, Brandi Spalten and Savannah Rodamer. But McDonald said the Dolphins also had chances to manufacture runs.
"Our first time around we didn't hit the ball. The second and third time around we were hitting the ball, but right at them," he said. "We had runners on third a couple times and first and second with one out and didn't convert. Sometimes the pitcher is on, and in this game both pitchers were on."
The Dolphins (2-0-1) are scheduled to visit rival Key West High School today at 1 p.m. and travel to Carrollton School on Monday at 4 p.m.