Rain halts championship for second straight day

Jul. 10, 2013 @ 06:32 AM

For the second straight night, heavy rains have suspended action in the 10-11 baseball championship game between Chase and Rutherfordton Tuesday at Dunbar Park.

Action was halted in the top of the fourth with Chase leading 7-3.

The game began on Monday when Rutherfordton grabbed an early 1-0 lead when Jordan Ross drew a bases-loaded walk allowing Trevlyn Ross to score. The game was then suspended until Tuesday.

After the action picked up in the top  the second, Jack McKinney singled home Caleb Lanser to tie the game at 1-1. Rutherfordton loaded the bases with no outs.

Chase pitcher Tyler Pinkerton settled down and struck out the next two batters before Andre Haynes delivered a two run double to give his team a 3-1 lead.

That lead was short-lived as Chase exploded for five runs in the third. Pinkerton delivered a RBI single and Bryson Atkins garnered a two-run double.

Lanser followed with a walk. Chase then pulled off a double steal before both players came home on a wild pitch with Lanser sliding under Emma Barella’s tag. Lanser’s slide made the tally 6-3.

Pinkerton worked a perfect bottom of the third to keep the margin at three runs.

Chase added a run in the fourth with Pinkerton collecting another RBI. The skies then opened up suspending the contest until today at 6p.m.

The winner advances to the state tournament which will also be held at Dunbar Park July 13-17.