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Only weather keeps softball pitcher from all-strikeout game

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On Thursday, Emily Weiman was on the verge of something big. Through five innings, the Archbishop Spalding (Md.) School pitcher had recorded all 15 of her team's outs, interspersing strikeouts with occasional hits and errors on a sloppy field. With the senior star's location homing in, there was no reason to believe she wouldn't finish off the first all-strikeout performance of her career, until weather got in the way to deny her a chance at that mark … and her team a win.

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Archbishop Spalding pitcher Emily Weiman

Archbishop Spalding pitcher Emily Weiman

According to the Annapolis Capital, Weiman's push to finish a game with all 21 outs via strikeout against Seton Keough (Md.) High was halted by rain before the start of the sixth inning. At the time, the game was tied, 4-4, after Seton Keough rallied to score runs in both the bottom of the first and second to counter a four-run first from Spalding. Yet those early game successes were quickly snuffed out by Weiman, who dominated hitters despite chilly weather and a slick ball.

"It was a little bit difficult," Weiman told the Capital. "Definitely my hand was a little cold along with the rain starting to kick in. It was just about keeping the ball dry and keeping my hands dry."

Her coach was hardly surprised that his team's star found ways to be successful despite trying weather conditions.

"That's just Emily doing her thing," Spalding coach Kristin Dulay told the Capital. "That's just in her blood."

While Weiman couldn't finish off her all-strikeout feat on Thursday, there is still a chance she could wrap up the feat later in the month, after what would have to be a truly unprecedented mid-game break. The Capital reported that the two teams are planning to resume the game on April 14, before the second meeting between the two teams. Weiman will take the ball to start that outing, with the chance to wrap up a perfect strikeout record with six more outs.

"I kind of wanted to finish today," Weiman said. "I guess I'll just see what happens next time in better conditions. I hope it's a little warmer."

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