First Game At Cannon Suspended After 12 1/2 Innings

April 21, 1991|By Staff report

Friday night was the first ever-high school baseball game at Joe Cannon Stadium, and nothing was settled. The game was suspended after 121/2 innings with Old Mill leading, 6-5, over third-ranked Northeast (11-0).

Umpire Warren Williams said after the game, however, that Northeast may have to forfeit the game because Coach Harry Lentz refused to have his team bat in the bottom of the 13th inning. The reasonfor Lentz' action was not immediately known.

A ruling is expected soon from the county physical education department.

The game went into extra innings at 5-5 after eighth-ranked Old Mill (7-4) came back with a three-run rally in the top of the seventh.

An unearned run in the top of the 13th had given the Pats a 6-5 lead with the Eagles due to bat. The two teams agreed that no inning or half inning would start after 11 p.m. The game was stopped about 11:15 p.m.

Old Mill had a 4-0 lead behind senior left-hander Jimmy Simms until Eagles third baseman Donnie Shump took over.

Shump knocked in four runs on a two-run homer and a two-run double that deadlocked the score at 5 in the bottom of the fifth.

Both clubs had a chance to win the game in the seventh and final inning of regulation, but controversial calls by the umpires nixed that and sent the game into extra innings.

In the top of the seventh, Old Mill senior John Bussey drilled a shot over the left-field foul pole for an apparent two-run home run, but the plate umpire said it curved foul before leaving the park.

Despite the pleas of Pats coach Mel Montgomery for another opinion, the call stood and they went to the bottom half of the frame.

Northeast coach Lentz then got his turn to get into it with the arbiters. A close play at third following a bunt went against the Eagles.

In the eighth inning, Lentz pulled starter Charlie Buckheit -- who has gone 16-1 over the last two years including a5-0 start this season -- for senior Craig Everett (4-0). Everett, also a right-hander, set the Pats down in order.

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