WHITE HALL — White Hall and Pine Bluff Western will have to wait until Monday to see who is the 12-year-old Little League District 3 champion.
After playing three innings on Saturday at Dickie Lunsford Field, the umpires deemed the mound and batters box too slick due to rain that had lasted for a good portion of the game. The rain did not let up and the game was officially called around 9:23 p.m.
Pine Bluff Western had a 2-0 lead, and the game will restart at 6 p.m. where it was left off. If Western goes on to beat White Hall, it would force a second game since it is a double-elimination tournament. White Hall has not lost a game yet.
However, both teams are already qualified for the state tournament, which starts Friday in White Hall. Whichever team wins the championship will receive a first-round bye.
White Hall beat Western in the opening round of the district tournament, but Western took a 2-0 lead in the second inning. A throwing error by Garret Dennis allowed Trent Goodwin to score from first base and Skylar Webb scored from third on Josh Pierce’s bunt single.
JaKobi Jackson already had eight strikeouts in three innings for Pine Bluff on 39 pitches, which makes him eligible to return for Monday’s game.
At 8:06 p.m., both mangers wanted to wait out the delay and revisit the situation in an hour if it was still raining.