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Delay leads to dull edge
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Only at the Department of Motor Vehicles might one find people angrier over having to hurry up and wait.

For the second time in as many WIAA Division 2 state tournament games, the Lady Cheesemakers were forced to entertain themselves Saturday while storms pummeled Goodman Diamond and delayed play for more than three hours.

On Friday night, the Cheese rose to the occasion after New Berlin Eisenhower scored twice in the seventh to tie their semifinal with Southern Door before ousting the Eagles in nine innings. Monroe made fairly short work of Rice Lake, 3-1, thereafter.

Saturday was a different story.

"We were all angry," Monroe senior catcher Kylie Kaiser said. "It's stupid. I hate rain. It made us wait for three hours. We all got frustrated."

And it was painfully visible. The team that refused to look rattled all season long never looked at home after the hiatus.

"I think half the people thought we could do it and the other half were down on themselves," Kaiser said. "That was the biggest thing is we didn't have confidence in ourselves throughout the game."

Fellow senior Katie Lenz was in the latter group. Although she was peppered by the Lions' lineup in every inning at the hot corner, leading to three defensive errors, she coached a walk and refused to lose the faith.

"The second inning kind of got us," Lenz said. "We battled back, but the damage was kind of done. But we actually thought we were going to get some hits and get back in it."

The Lady Cheesemakers were trying to follow up their state basketball title. Whereas that team was packed with underclassmen and only said goodbye to two seniors, eight last-year players said tearful goodbyes on the biggest stage of prep softball Saturday.

"It's disappointing because there are a lot of kids on this team that are champions," Monroe coach Dale Buvid said.

Even if it rains all week, the forecast is hardly foreboding.

"But tomorrow, the sun will rise and we know that," Buvid said. "We just picked a bad day to play a bad game. We finish on kind of a sour note, but that's life."