BASEBALL: Coal City and Reed-Custer regional championship suspended until Tuesday | Sports
BRAIDWOOD – In the first leg of the first playoffs in two years, of course, Mother Nature had to add a day of delay to the euphoria the Coal City or Reed-Custer baseball teams will feel.
After two weather delays, darkness suspended Monday’s IHSA Class 2A Regional Championship at Braidwood, a game that resumes with the Coalers at bat with bases loaded and two strikeouts early in the fourth inning of a game they lead 13-6 today at 4:30 p.m.
“It was so hectic and by the time the end came it was so dark the kids were having trouble seeing,” said Coalers coach Greg Wills. “It was a strange day, for sure.”
After each team crossed the plate once in the first, the Comets scored three runs in the second and a pair in the third to distance themselves with a 6-1 lead, but the Comets responded immediately with a five-point fifth. which culminated with a grand slam from sophomore Jake McPherson.
“It was huge,” said Comets coach Jake Evans. “It’s a little unfair for me to say that’s what we expect from a sophomore at this location, but when he arrived, the whole team felt like he was on the job. point to do anything special. “
The Coalers continued to maintain their offensive momentum to again create a split with seven points and counting in the fourth, chasing down Comets ace Jack Stellano, who saw 10 of the 12 points he allowed to be earned out of five. errors, in the process.
“We’re just talking to the kids about seizing the opportunity that presents itself tomorrow,” Evans said. “We didn’t play particularly well today and shot each other in the foot over and over again.
“We have 12 outs to work with if we can get out of the rest of the [fourth inning], and we’re almost at the top of the table, so we still have a chance. “
Wills and the Coalers know as well as anyone that the Comets can catch fire at any time, as the Comets swept away this year’s Illinois Central Eight Conference regular-season series early in the season.
But now more than two months after that time and the overlapping football and soccer seasons are just a memory, Wills is hoping his team can show they’ve improved by making the deal this after- midday.
“It was our goal to be a different team now and I think we are,” said Wills. “But there is half a game and a lot of strikeouts left before anyone celebrates.”