It was the City Series that wasn't a series.
Thanks to rain throughout much of Wednesday, Thursday and into Friday, this year's City Series between Effingham and St. Anthony's softball and baseball teams boiled down to one game -- for the first time in City Series history.
St. Anthony downed Effingham 12-11 in 10 innings in softball Thursday night before the rains came and washed out a second game of the doubleheader. On the baseball diamond, Effingham won game one 6-2 and held a 2-0 lead of game two in the second inning before that game was suspended.
With both teams up 1-0 heading into Friday, doubleheaders were scheduled at St. Anthony for softball and Paul Smith Field for baseball to finish out the series.
But then more rain came, and for the first time ever, the final two games were canceled.
No official winner of the respective City Series was declared by Effingham activities director David Woltman and St. Anthony athletic director Kevin Palmer, with only one game of the best of three series played.
On both the baseball and softball sides, no makeups were scheduled. The schools' class disparities didn't help, with St. Anthony's regional play beginning Monday in softball, and moving any makeups to Saturday didn't work.
"No, that was just not an option," Palmer said. "It's just weather conditions and the field."
Since 1999, the softball series has always been played to a winner or not played at all, with the 2002 and 2008 Series completely rained out.
On the baseball side, five series had one game rained out, with three 2-0 winners (1982, 1993, 2000) and two 1-1 splits (1990, 2005).
St. Anthony softball (17-11) plays Pana at St. Anthony Monday as a play-in game for the Class 2A Shelbyville Sectional. Effingham (11-11) plays Tuesday at home against Mt. Vernon.
In baseball, Effingham (15-11) is scheduled for a doubleheader today at Mt. Carmel, while St. Anthony (15-10) awaits either Vandalia or Pana as the top seed in the Class 2A Vandalia Sectional, with that game beginning at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.