Lake Mary wins in 5 in­nings

Orlando Sentinel - - VARSITY / FOR THE RECORD -

Lake Mary’s hit a goa­head three-run home run and the Rams beat Spruce Creek 3-2 in a Class 9A base­ball re­gion semi­fi­nal that was post­poned for two days be­fore end­ing af­ter just five in­nings on Thurs­day.

Um­pires called an end to the game, which started at 11 a.m., with Spruce Creek bat­ting and a run­ner at first base with one out in the top of the sixth when rain fell hard on a field al­ready soaked from five days of down­pours. Lake Mary tarped the in­field when play stopped but its clay was pud­dled.

“No­body wanted it to end like that, but at this point all the fields are sat­u­rated,” Lake Mary coach said. “It was un­playable. That wa­ter wasn’t go­ing any­where.”

Florida High School Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion rules state that a base­ball game called due to weather is con­sid­ered com­plete as long as the team that is be­hind has bat­ted in the fifth.

The Rams (23-4) strug­gled to touch Spruce Creek (18-9) pitcher and FSU signee be­fore ral­ly­ing in the bot­tom of the fourth in­ning.

dou­bled down the right­field line to open the in­ning. sin­gled and moved to sec­ond on a throw home to set the ta­ble for Du­ran’s blast to left-cen­ter­field that just did clear the fence and elude the glove of Hawks out­fielder

“They’re cen­ter­fielder gave a hel­la­cious ef­fort,” Perez said. “I wasn’t sure at first whether he came back with the ball or it was out (of the park).”

Lake Mary will be home again for the Re­gion 1 fi­nal, sched­uled for Tues­day night, against the win­ner of a Dr. Phillips at Boone game that was post­poned for the third con­sec­u­tive day on Thurs­day.

Four re­gion games in­volv­ing area schools were post­poned for the third straight day on Thurs­day.

Boone hopes to host Dr. Phillips in a 9A re­gion semi­fi­nal to­day at 4 p.m. The con­tin­gency plan is to play Satur­day at 10 a.m. should rain or light­ning cause any fur­ther de­lays.

Tick­ets al­ready pur­chased for the game at Boone will be good for the makeup.

Tim­ber Creek is now sched­uled to play at Osce­ola tonight at 7 in Kis­sim­mee.

A Class 2A re­gion fi­nal at Mount Dora Chris­tian Academy was post­poned to Satur­day. The Bull­dogs are now set to host Fort Pierce St. Andrew’s Epis­co­pal at 10 a.m.

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