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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Class 1A state baseball: Calvary vs. Northlake Christian

Top 3rd
The infield lights were somehow switched off, so the umps stopped the game for them to warm up (15 minutes), but now the rain has begun to fall and the tarp is being rolled out. Strap in! The tarp is now being rolled up and we could be back in action by 6:30ish. It was basically a rainless rain delay with one flashy lighting strike somewhere in the distance.

Bottom 2nd
It's raining lightly. Northlake has the bases loaded with nobody out. Calvary changes pitchers, bringing SS Gip Hendrix to the mound. Hendrix gets the Cavs out of the inning without giving up a run. That could be huge later.

Top 2nd
Calvary DH Craig Rascoe leads of by sending a high fastball over the 16-foot left field wall to tie the game at 2. Singles by Nick Rome and Randy Zeigler drive in runs for a 4-2 Calvary lead. Northlake Christian removed its LF two batters ago and is doing its best to stall as he warms up in the bullpen.

Bottom 1st
With runners on 2nd and 3rd with two outs, a Calvary wild pitch scores Northlake's Jeremy Aliff. Plenty of control problems so far for both starters. Don't be surprised to see a 15-13 game if they don't settle down. Another walk brings in Northlake's Donnie Sampson, and the Wolverines lead 2-1.

Top 1st
Calvary scores with bases loaded, one out, on a particularly wild pitch. It hit in the grass about four yards in front of the plate and rolled to the wall. Nick Rome came home from third and slid into home, 1-0 Calvary. Two strikeouts follow and the Cavs lead, 1-0, middle of first.

We are 13 minutes from the first pitch -- if things run on time -- of Calvary's state semifinal game against Northlake Christian. The Cavs are in pregame warmups, Doug Pederson hitting some fly balls to outfielders right now. The weather is the big question today. Forecasters say anywhere from 50 percent to 70 percent chance of rain, thunder, high winds and even hail. Evangel is scheduled to play Opelousas Catholic at 7 p.m. Here's a prediction that game will be late due to weather.
By the way, those making their way to Bringhurst Field here in Alexandria can ignore those Mapquest or Mapfinder internet directions. They're wrong.
Best of luck finding the stadium.


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