No rain on Cortland State's parade
Despite falling to Tufts 6-0, the Red Dragons dance on
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. -- Cortland State is still dancing, both literally and figuratively.
Despite falling 6-0 on Sunday night to Tufts, along with a two-hour rain delay, the Red Dragons softball team showed they were still having the most fun.
“I think our biggest thing is just being relaxed and having fun,” Cassie Kardias said after the first round win. “And I don’t know if you see us in the dugout, but we’re always laughing, cheering, dancing around. That’s just the way we play.”
A lightning strike came just before the Red Dragons took their at-bats in the sixth inning, trailing 4-0. The teams took a two-hour delay in the action before getting back on the field.
Although the rainstorms covered most of central Wisconsin, it somehow never rained on Cortland State’s parade. During the delay, you could hear the team singing from their locker rooms if you were out walking anywhere on the concourse as they continued to enjoy each moment.
After the teams returned to the field and warmed up, there was another delay. But it still could not stop the fun as the Cortland State team continued to dance in their dugout to the background music as they waited for the game to resume.
Vivian Greene once said, “Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.”
Greene said it. Cortland State did it, literally.
Cortland head coach Julie Lenhart credited the dancing to their second-round win.
“Probably their pre-game circle," Lenhart said. "I don’t know exactly what they do, but there is a circle of dance. But there wasn’t any music over there, so they made their own.”
Along with the singing and dancing, there was also a juggling act by one of the players in the dugout, but freshman outfielder Diane Cork stole the show. Just before the teams officially took the field, Cork performed a handstand for a couple minutes while both teams watched from their dugouts.
Appropriately, the handstand was performed in the on-deck circle as Cork was due up before the two-hour delay moved everyone away from the field. After a two-hour wait, Cork got her at-bat and delivered a base hit to right field after waiting for two hours to swing the bat.
“It’s just the team," Kardias said. "We just have fun, we just laugh so much. Throughout the season it’s just been about having fun.”
“Enjoy the moment. Enjoy the experience. And it’s happening right now,” Lenhart said.
The Red Dragons will play the winner of the Salisbury versus Texas-Tyler game on Monday. They opened up the weekend with a 2-1 win against Salisbury and the fun has not slowed down since.
Cortland State is still dancing in the national finals and still just one win away from a rematch with Tufts for the national championship. They are the team having the most fun and there may not be anything more dangerous this time of year.