STANFORD -- In a battle between high school softball teams eager to face a quality opponent, Olympia came out on top against Normal Community, 2-0, Wednesday.
A 50-minute lightning delay during the first game of the doubleheader forced the second game to be called after 3 1/3 innings due to darkness with the scored tied 3-3.
The day's work moved Olympia, ranked No. 1 in the state in Class 2A, to 27-3 while Class 4A NCHS fell to 17-8. The Ironmen are the fifth Intercity squad to fall to the Spartans.
"You always want to beat a school that's Intercity," said Olympia coach Tricia Gale. "We've beaten every single one so it feels pretty good."
Pitcher Dani Williams (15-1) had a hand in the beating as she scattered three hits while striking out four and walking one.
"Beating all Intercity teams is actually really special because last year we didn't," Williams said. "This year we competed to their level which makes us better."
Olympia got all the scoring it would need in the third when Alissa Cross doubled, advanced to third on a groundout and scored on Klair Hartzold's bloop single to right.
With one out in the top of the fourth, lightning suspended play. When action resumed, Olympia got an insurance run in the bottom of the inning as Ali Haesele doubled and scored on a Cross single.
The Spartans managed five hits off of Nicole Nonnemacher (11-5), who struck out six and walked none.
"The chances they get, they succeed on them," said Gale of her batters.
NCHS threatened in the sixth when Nonnemacher singled and went to third on a fly to center by Alexis Satterwhite that bounced off a diving Janelle Canopy.
Nonnemacher tried to score on Reilly Lamb's grounder to first, but got caught in a rundown for the first out. Williams then coaxed Lindsay Stotler to ground out before Kaitlyn Crossen flew out to center.
"Dani has done nothing but buckle down and become a stronger pitcher," Gale said. "She's been amazing."
"We left a lot on base we couldn't get in," said NCHS coach Bob Grimes, whose team stranded five runners. "You've got to get that big hit and hopefully it will come post-season."
The second game didn't start until 7:14 p.m., but Grimes felt even a few innings against a quality foe would help his team, which has won several lop-sided Big 12 Conference games this season.
Even though the second game wasn't official, it didn't lack drama as the final batter, Olympia's Kelsey Schmidt, stroked a three-run home run off the top of the right field fence to force a tie.