Old Mill and Northeast, two teams that had been going in opposite directions, hooked up in a thriller to inaugurate the new Joe Cannon Stadium before 500 chilled spectators in Harmans last night.
Old Mill held a 6-5 lead when the game was suspended in the 13th inning because Cannon officials and local community organizations have agreed that play may not continue after 11 p.m. The four-hour marathon will continue at a date to be determined.
Play ended in controversy after Old Mill's Philip McGinnis scored all the way from first on a stolen base, coupled with catcher Derek Dolch's throwing error. McGinnis appeared to have missed home base when he slid to avoid Dolch's tag, but was then assisted back to the plate by an Old Mill teammate.
"Assisting a runner is an automatic out. That should have been the third out of the inning," said Eagles coach Harry Lentz, who pulled his team from the field and proceeded to argue with home plate umpire Warren Williams.
Williams said that the game ended in an Old Mill victory because Northeast left the field. But both Lentz and Old Mill coach Mel Montgomery saw it differently.
"As far as I'm concerned, it's a suspended game under [national] federation rules. We'll continue with us leading 6-5 and two outs in the 13th," Montgomery said.