Tarp Teamwork at CIAA Softball Championship

PETERSBURG, Va. – The final day of the CIAA Spring Sports Championships created many memories, including schools celebrating titles and athletes earning individual honors.

Prior to the final day of competition at the Virginia State University Softball Complex, there was a rain storm that arrived early Friday evening which forced several postponements to Saturday morning.

As the storm rolled in, officials stopped the game between Winston-Salem State and Virginia State in the top of the third inning on Friday.  The plan was to resume play Saturday morning at 9 a.m..

In an outstanding display of sportsmanship, both teams worked together to cover the infield with a tarp rolled up near the right field fence.  That way, the infield would be protected against the impending storm.

When everyone returned Saturday morning to resume play, they were greeted with large puddles of water on the tarp.  The start of the game was pushed back until 10 a.m., as players, administrators and members of the CIAA softball committee helped remove the puddles of water.

“I think sportsmanship is a key part of a team and knowing you can get with another program to come together for a collaborate effort it’s huge,” Winston-Salem State head softball coach LaTaya Hilliard-Gray said. “It speaks volumes about your team. If we continue to work toward that nature, we will be successful, as well as Virginia State. I think the sportsmanship and team effort speaks highly about being involved in the community and all this is a big part of softball.”

With the successful removal of the puddles on top of the tarp, players were able to roll the tarp back into place and gear up for their elimination game.  When play resumed, Virginia State edged Winston-Salem State, 2-1, in eight innings to advance to the championship game later that day.