MOUNT VERNON — Rain and lightning got the best of Carpenter DDS and First-Knox National Bank on Sunday evening, but not before Carpenter DDS took a commanding 11-5 advantage. The game was halted in the middle of the fifth inning at Phillips Park, and will be resumed tonight at 6 p.m.
Before the rain set in, there were a few shots by both teams. First-Knox got on the board first, scoring three runs in the top of the first, but Carpenter DDS answered in the bottom of the inning with three runs of its own. Thomas Troy had the big hit — a double — to score two runs.
Carpenter DDS added two runs in the bottom of the second inning, one on a double by Austin Springer and another on a First-Knox error. A four-spot in the bottom of the third broke the game open, however.
After First-Knox put a single run on the board in the top of the third, Carpenter loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the inning. First-Knox looked like it might escape the jam after pitcher Drew Young got a strike out and a fielder’s choice, but another walk forced in one run and Owen Carpenter belted a three-run triple to right for a 9-4 lead.
In the bottom of the fourth, Lane Hinkle led off with a solo home run to center field. That was the last batter for Young, who had reached his 85-pitch limit. Bobby Barcus relieved Young and was greeted by back-to-back singles by Jacob Booth and Luke Zolman. Barcus then walked the bases loaded, and Devon Carpenter singled to drive in Booth. Young, playing first, turned a double play to help First-Knox escape the jam, fielding a Jordan Radermacher hit and stepping on first, and then firing home to get Zolman, who was trying to advance. Barcus then got a pop-up to end the inning.
First-Knox cut the lead by one before the rains came, getting a solo home run to left from Justin Springer, which took its toll to a spectator’s car’s windshield. Owen Carpenter got the final two outs of the inning just before lightning halted play and rain washed out the night.
Play will resume in the bottom of the fifth inning, tonight at 6.
Note: The Machine Pitch Championship game scheduled for tonight has been pushed back to an 8 p.m. start.