Scranton and Viola had just finished the top of the seventh inning when they skies opened up at Taylor Field, putting the 1A state tournament on hold until noon today.
After Scranton’s Conor Roby caught a pop fly in the infield, the umpire crew called for both teams to return to their dugouts once lightning was seen in the area. Then the downpour of rain began, and even though tarps were laid down on the pitching mound and at home plate, the damage had been done.
The two teams are scheduled to resume the game today at noon at Taylor Field. Scranton will have to try to rally from a 7-6 deficit.
Viola scored three runs in the sixth inning on Friday, to take the one-run lead – its third of the game.
With two outs, Austin Gardner singled and stole a base to move into scoring position. A single by Clay Shrable plated Gardner to trim Scranton’s lead to 6-5.
Sky Robbins followed with a single and Devin Brown hit a two-run double to give Viola the lead.
The game had been something of a shootout for the most of it, until Scranton had taken its largest lead of the game scoring two runs in the bottom of the fifth.
Two walks and an error loaded the bases for Scranton with one out. A walk to Austin Siebenmorgan forced in a run and Mason Koch hit a two-out single to plate Roby from third.
Both starters will finish the game with no decisions. Viola’s Lane Guffey pitched 4 1/3 and allowed six runs on five hits with six walks and four strikeouts. For Scranton, Siebenmorgan pitched five innings and allowed four runs on 10 hits with one walk and three strikeouts.
If the score holds up, Scranton’s Koch will be tagged with the loss. He allowed three runs (all earned) on seven hits with one walk and one strikeout. Viola’s Gardner has pitched 1 2/3 innings and has allowed just one hit with two walks and one strikeout.
Gardner has three hits in the game and has scored three runs to lead Viola at the plate. Brown is 3 for 4 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored. Clay Shrable is 3 for 4 with a walk, a RBI and a run scored.
For Scranton, Siebenmorgan is 2 for 3 with three runs scored and two RBIs. Aaron Oldham did not have an official at-bat, but did walk three times and score a run.
Scranton also scored a run in the fourth, two in the second and one in the first. Viola scored one in the first, two in the second and one in the fifth.
South Side Bee Branch 11, Wickes 0 (5 inn.)
Josh Payne hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the fifth to enforce the mercy rule and South Side defeated Wickes 11-0 in the quarterfinals of the 1A state tournament at Taylor Field on Friday.
South Side’s Mason Duncan pitched five innings and allowed just two hits.
South Side will play the winner of Scranton vs. Viola in the semifinals at 2:30 p.m. Monday.
Games at WH move to Taylor Field today
The two quarterfinals scheduled for Friday at White Hall High School were pushed to later times, then rescheduled to be played today at Taylor Field in Pine Bluff because of bad field conditions.
Following the completion of the Scranton vs. Viola game, which will resume at noon, Taylor will take on Sacred Heart, followed by Armorel vs. Nemo Vista. The winner of those games will play at noon Monday at Taylor Field.
The 1A state championship is scheduled for May 18 at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville.