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PHS softball: Reagan Larson

PHS freshman Reagan Larson looks toward her coach from her spot behind the plate at catcher.

Thank you, Stacey Barnes and family. For those who watched this afternoon's high school softball game between Philomath and La Grande, you know it was a wet experience. It seems as though rain fell for most of the game, hard enough during the second inning to cause a 45-minute rain delay.

Through those first two innings, I situated myself down the first-base line to shoot photos. The camera had to go in my backpack before the second inning even got started. I was just trying to see through the water on my glasses.

During the delay, I warmed up in the car and texted a selfie of my wet face to my wife, who had texted me moments earlier telling me how it was sunny in Scio where she was at the birthday part of a friend's daughter. With the delay, I decided to hit the coffee shop for an Americano to warm up a bit. And sure, why not get the mail while I'm out. About 10 minutes after I returned, the tarp was coming off the field and the game was soon resumed.

When I walked back out to the field, I realized that I barely had any photos so I needed to see if I could stay a bit more dry. Stacey was kind enough to let me stand under the shelter they had put up near the home team dugout.

The game didn't go Philomath's way on this day. Perhaps the home team will get another shot at the state champs in the postseason.

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