RALEIGH – The opening game of the NCHSAA 4A state softball championship series between South Caldwell and Hoggard was suspended in the bottom of the third inning due to heavy storms that rolled through the area Friday evening.

The game will pick up again at 11 a.m. Saturday at N.C. State’s Dail Field with Hoggard, the designated home team, leading 2-1.

The Spartans nearly took a commanding lead in their first at-bat. Jasmine Hall led off the game by doubling off the wall in left. She moved to third on Jenna Pittman’s sacrifice bunt. Regan Weisner drove in Hall with a sharply hit single for Weisner’s 52nd RBI of the year.

Ciara Hanson followed Weisner with her own double, this one hitting the top of the left-field wall before bouncing back into play. Hoggard pitcher Jesse Mathis stranded the two runners in scoring position, however, with a strikeout and pop up to short.

In the home half of the first, the Vikings got leadoff hitter Icess Tresvik on base via a walk. Tresvik stole second and made it to third on a groundout. South Caldwell pitcher Anna King came back to induce a liner to third to get out of the inning unscathed.

After the Spartans went quietly in their next at-bat, Hoggard took advantage of a pair of free passes to pull ahead. Skyler Walker drew a leadoff walk. Following a flyout to left, Allie Royal reached safely after a hard grounder glanced off King’s glove. Kira Soodek then drew a two-out walk to load the bases.

Tresvik lined a single to right that scored two, but the threat ended when the Spartans’ right fielder, Pittman, gunned down Soodek trying to advance to third.

South Caldwell looked to respond in the third inning but left two more runners stranded. With two outs, Weisner was hit by a pitch and Hanson singled to left. Mathis struck out Addison Blair for the second time to keep the Spartans from tying or taking the lead.

The game will resume with Hoggard at the plate with two outs and runners on second and third.

Game two of the series, originally scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, will now be bumped back to 5 p.m. Saturday. Should the series go to three games, the winner-take-all contest will be held Sunday at a time to be announced.

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