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Pawtucket and Rochester, move over. You may have some company coming. In Austin, Texas, two softball teams will complete (or try to complete) a game that started last Wednesday night. The two teams were tied at the end of the 18th inning.
On Saturday, according to the Austin Statesman, the two teams will gather at Westwood High School at 1 p.m. to resume their 0-0 tie game against Stony Point High School because Texas University Interscholastic League rules prohibit the start of a new inning past midnight. The fans that were there were treated to a pitchers battle in no uncertain terms. After the 18-inning stalemate, the game was scheduled to be concluded the Monday after Easter — until it was discovered by the powers that be that playing the game would be in violation of another UIL rule for playing too many games in one week. That forced the game to be moved — again — to Saturday afternoon.
When play resumes, Stony Point will bat in the top of the 19th inning. The national record for one game is 35 innings, first set in California in 1983 and matched again in 2001, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations.
It seems that the ladies were taking Ernie Banks' advice of "Let's play two" to heart. I'll let you know how things turn out either tommorow or Monday.
If they play and they're not too tired.