By Gary R. Rasberry
ST. HENRY -- After a week of games uninterrupted by weather, Mother Nature finally got through at the ACME District tournament in St. Henry.
Lightning and rain prompted a postponment of the championship game between Coldwater and Crestview with the Cavaliers in front 3-0.
The game will be picked up with one out in the second inning tonight at 6 p.m. at the Wally Post Athletic Complex. When the game resumes, Coldwater's Brady Geier will be hitting with a 1-1 count with teammate Trevor Stromblad on second base.
The Cavaliers made good use of their first round of at-bats on Monday, getting three straight hits to start the inning. The big hit came off the bat of Troy Siefring, who took Briggs Orsbon's 2-0 offering over the leftfield fence for a home run, scoring Geier and Tyler James ahead of him.
Orsbon recovered to get Cody Muhlenkamp to ground out before Steve Borger walked, but was forced out when Riley Muhlenkamp grounded to first. Sam Slavik ended the inning with a groundout to first. The Cavaliers' Kirby Timmerman started off well on the hill in the bottom of the first, getting Ryan Myers to fly to right and Sean LaFountaine to ground to first.
Cory Schneider doubled and Matt Myers walked before Orsbon grounded to second to end the inning.
After the inning, which saw a steady rain come down, the umpires saw lightning and sent both teams to the dugouts. Following a 45-minute break, the teams took the field for the top of the second inning.
With rain coming down again, Cory Klenke flied to center to start the inning just before Stromblad reached on a single and stole second. Geier ran the count to 1-1 before lightning prompted another delay with a steady and heavy dose of rain beginning to fall. Tournament officials then decided to postpone the game.
If Crestview wins the first game tonight, a second game will be played shortly with the winner advancing to the state tournament in Coldwater starting Saturday.
The Grand Lake Mariners also got a visit from the heavy rains and lightning at Jim Hoess Field forcing a postponement of a scoreless game in the second inning.
This game was already a makeup game from earlier in the summer and a new date has not been announced as to when the game will be completed.
In other news, Ohio State product and Marion Local graduate Cory Luebke is done for the summer for the Mariners with an apparent shoulder injury.
Doctors told Luebke no throwing for four weeks ending his summer season.