MOUNT VERNON — Mother Nature decided to step in and perform some middle inning relief. Unfortunately, for local baseball fans, she proved to be the stopper.
Wednesday’s Ohio Capital Conference game between the host Mount Vernon Yellow Jackets (5-2, 1-0 OCC) and the Franklin Heights Falcons was brought to a halt after three innings, at 5:57 p.m., due to approaching lightening and storms. With no letup in sight, the game was suspended and will be picked up with the start of the fourth inning and the Yellow Jackets holding a 3-2 lead. Game time is set for 5 p.m. today.
“The field is in good shape,” said Mount Vernon coach Matt Smith. “It depends on how much rain we get (last night.)”
The Jackets gave up a pair of runs in the first inning when pitcher Jayben Martin walked the first two Falcons’ batters he faced. Falcons’ second baseman Jamie Payne singled to shallow center but a baserunning mistake allowed Mount Vernon centerfielder Nick Rummel to throw Franklin Heights leftfielder Chad Asher out at third.
“Nick is a really sound baseball player,” said Smith. “He’s a great defensive outfielder — one of the best in our conference for sure.”
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