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LOCAL BASEBALL: Rain plagues playoff title series in both Susquehanna, Central leagues

STAFF REPORT
  • Game 2 of the Central League Playoff Championship Series was rained out completely on Tuesday.
  • Game 1 of the Susquehanna League playoff title series got in five innings before rain halted things.
  • Hallam led East Prospect in the Susquehanna game, 6-0, before the game was suspended.

Mother Nature wasn't kind to the baseball playoff championship series in the Susquehanna and Central leagues on Tuesday night.

Hallam's Brian Crumbling delivers against host East Prospect during game one of the Susquehanna League championship at East Prospect Tuesday, August 21, 2018. Bill Kalina photo

Game 2 of the best-of-three Central finals between Jefferson and regular-season champion Stoverstown was rained out completely and rescheduled for 5:45 p.m. Wednesday at Stoverstown. Jefferson leads that series, 1-0, and could win the championship with a victory on Wednesday.

The Susquehanna League had a little more luck with its game. Hallam jumped out to a 6-0 lead on regular-season champion East Prospect in Game 1 of their best-of-five finals before the rains halted things after five innings.

That game will be resumed at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at East Prospect. When that game is finished, it will be immediately followed by Game 3 of the series. Game 2 of the series is scheduled for 5:45 p.m. Thursday at Jacobus because Hallam's field is unavailable.

East Prospect's Dalton Renn takes the late throw as Hallam's Xavier Bonilla steals second during game one of the Susquehanna League championship at East Prospect Tuesday, August 21, 2018. Bill Kalina photo

In Tuesday's action, veteran Hallam pitcher Brian Crumbling hurled five innings of three-hit shutout ball. Joe Pietrobone (two hits, homer, two RBIs, run), Angel Matias (double, two RBIs), Matt Ruth (two runs), Xavier Bonilla (two runs, two walks, RBI) and Alex Tucci double, RBI) led the Hallam attack.

Ryky Smith had two of Prospect's three hits off Crumbling.

Hallam's Giorgio Butts is doubled up at first after a teammate's infield liner was caught against host East Prospect during game one of the Susquehanna League championship at East Prospect Tuesday, August 21, 2018. Bill Kalina photo