West York's District 3-AAA baseball game suspended early, but players still find way to have fun
A total of 33 pitches, seven batters and five outs were recorded before the skies opened up and a thunderstorm halted play between West York and Daniel Boone in Monday's first-round action of the District 3-AAA baseball playoffs.
The game was suspended with two outs in the bottom of the first inning. Brett Kinneman will resume his at-bat with a 3-1 count with leadoff man Sam Eyler on second base for the Bulldogs when play picks back up on Tuesday at West York.
West York (16-4) is seeded No. 3, while Daniel Boone (11-10) is No. 14.
The game began a few minutes before the scheduled 4:30 p.m. start time and then at 4:46 p.m., play was halted with lightning in the area. It was about another five minutes before rain started to pour. Once the rain started to fall, it steadily came down harder and heavier before the game was officially called shortly before 5:30 p.m.
At that point, while there was enough daylight to attempt to wait out the storm and resume play, the field was under water, which made the decision to halt play pretty easy.
Despite the rain interrupting his start, senior Nick Traettino will be back on the mound for West York. He retired the first three Daniel Boone hitters in order in the top of the first, needing only 11 pitches to register two groundouts and a flyout.
"I think he only threw a handful of pitches, so the rain wouldn't be a factor," Bulldogs coach Roger Czerwinski said.
Having fun: Despite the game holding win-or-go-home implications, the two sides didn't let their competitive drive interfere with having a little fun during the rain delay. Before the game was officially suspended, players from both teams took part in "war games," using bats as weapons and water bottles as hand grenades, as they army-crawled around the wet ground looking for enemies.
With quarterfinal play set to begin Thursday, there was little wiggle room for when to pick up the suspended game. Even though the game is scheduled to resume on Tuesday at 5 p.m., it still remains to be seen if action will get played. The field at Sunset Lane Park was completely under water, with numerous puddles occupying much of the outfield and surrounding foul territory.
The winner of the game will face No. 6 Manheim Central on Thursday. The Barons knocked off No. 11 East Pennsboro, 13-9, in six innings.
Penn Manor 2, Dallastown 1: At Penn Manor, for the majority of the game, the 13th-seeded Wildcats looked poised to upset the fourth-seeded Comets on enemy turf in a District 3-AAAA contest.
Dallastown led 1-0 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, before a two-out, two-run single by starting pitcher Jeff Taylor put Penn Manor ahead. The Wildcats went quietly in the top half of the seventh to see their season come to an end, finishing with an 11-9 record.
Cody Somerville singled home Bryant Holtzapple in the top of the third for Dallastown's only run of the game. Andrew Stambaugh started the game on the mound for the Wildcats, tossing 4 2/3 innings before giving way to Riley Hamberger in relief. Hamberger pitched the final 1 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on one hit and two walks.
Taylor pitched a complete game for the Comets, allowing just the single run on three hits and striking out seven.
The two sides combined for six hits, three apiece, in the pitchers' duel.
Millersburg 7, Christian School of York 0: At Millersburg, the top-seeded Indians had no trouble handling the Crusaders and advancing to the District 3-A semifinals. The game was called after five innings due to rain. CSY entered as the eighth seed in the eight-team field and finishes the season with an 8-9 record.
— Reach Patrick Strohecker at firstname.lastname@example.org.