Rain Sets Back Baseball Playoffs

May 19, 1991|By Staff report

Friday afternoon's late rainstorm forced the suspension of the Class4A Region IV baseball semifinals and the postponement of the final until tomorrow.

The two semifinal games halted Friday were scheduled to be resumed yesterday, with No. 2 Old Mill leading No. 3 Severna Park, 4-2, and No. 1 Arundel ahead of No. 4 LaPlata, 10-2.

The Patriots, who rallied from an early 2-0 deficit, had just been retired in the bottom of the third inning as lightning prompted theumpires to halt play. Heavy rains soon followed, and after a 20-minute delay, the decision was made to suspend play.

Arundel held a comfortable lead with one out in the top of the seventh inning, but theWarriors had runners on second and third when play was stopped.

The Wildcats scored three runs in the first inning and never trailed.

Arundel coach Bernie Walter said Friday evening that the region final would be played at 3:45 p.m. tomorrow at the highest-seeded winner's field. State semifinals begin Tuesday.

In Class 2A Region III,play was suspended with top-seeded Northeast batting in the bottom of the third with two outs and the bases loaded, and the Eagles leading No. 4 Fairmont Heights, 19-0.

Although state rules require playoff games to be played in their entirety, Hornets coach Bob Martin conceded the game after a delay of about 30 minutes. His team (7-12) hadalready committed seven errors and surrendered 14 hits to Northeast.

The Eagles take a 21-0 record into tomorrow's 4 p.m. region finalagainst the winner of the Frederick Douglass/Gwynn Park contest, which was tied, 4-4, when it was rained out Friday. The two teams were to resume play yesterday.

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