Rebels, Panthers can’t finish because of rain

Published 8:27 pm Tuesday, March 9, 2010

The umpire finally decided the rain was falling too hard.

Jemison’s and Thorsby’s baseball teams had played in a constant rain for about an hour and a half on Tuesday, but the game was called with Thorsby holding a 4-1 lead.

The Rebels (11-1) were at bat with runners on first and second bases with no outs when play was halted.

“The way we’re hitting the ball, I think we could play with just about anybody,” Thorsby coach Ab Argent said as the Class 2A Rebels were leaving the field with an advantage over the Class 4A Panthers (4-8).

Thorsby did most of its damage in the top of the first, before most of those attendance became completely soaked with water.

Jemison starting pitcher Cruz Martinez walked three straight batters—Jace Maddox, Brantley Bice and Cory Woodall—and two runs scored on wild pitches.

Jason Price drove home Thorsby’s third run with a solid single up the middle

Catcher Matt Morgan led off the Thorsby second with a base hit, and his courtesy runner, Stephen Mims, scored one out later on a double steal—Mims from third base and Evan Bryan from first.

Thorsby starter Cody Carroll was effective throughout despite the muddy mound and unsure footing of his fielders.

Carroll allowed two hits in three innings while striking out three, but the singles came in the same inning and produced a run.

Jemison’s Jacob Chapman hit safely with two outs in the bottom of the third inning. After a Thorsby throwing error, Jackson Mims drove a ball to deep right-center field.

Chapman scored easily from second base, but Scott Clements was thrown out at home plate to end the inning on a perfectly executed 9-4-2 relay—Maddox to Wesley Smitherman to Morgan.

Because of the weather, the hosts wouldn’t get another shot.

Jemison coach Jason Easterling said the game could be resumed at a date that has yet to decided.