Severe thunderstorms bring premature end to MPSA playoff game

Published 1:59 pm Friday, May 4, 2007

FERRIDAY — What had a been good game between the Central Academy Vikings from Macon and the Huntington Hounds Thursday night was marred by severe thunderstorms, and the game was called.

The third and deciding game between the Vikings and Hounds in the semifinals of the MPSA Class A South State Semifinals will be picked up today with Huntington leading 1-0 going into the top of the sixth inning.

“But we don’t know what time because we don’t know when the field will be ready,” Huntington head coach Mitch Ashmore said. “It will resume right where it was.”

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And the field conditions could make things interesting for both teams. Even though Central Academy’s outfield caught just about everything in sight, the infield accounted for four errors. Luckily for the Vikings, only two of them cost them the only run so far in the game.

With two outs in the bottom of the second inning, Zack Brown reached first on an error by shortstop Colby Moore. Then with Brant Bradley at the plate, Vikings catcher Chris Sudduth tried to throw Brown out at first, but threw the ball away and Brown got to second.

Then Bradley doubled to the fence in right centerfield, allowing Brown to score as the Hounds took a 1-0 lead.

“I think we’re both disappointed,” Ashmore said about not only himself, but Central Academy head coach Brach White, “because he had traveled a long way.”

Huntington starting pitcher Josh Lee got himself out of a couple of jams with solid pitching and good defense behind him.

Lee gave up five hits and struck out three in five innings while walking none.

Central Academy pitcher Cody Boykin escaped three jams that could have resulted in an even bigger deficit for the Vikings. Through five innings, Boykin had allowed one run on four hits and walked one.