Baseball: Lew Wallace routs Roosevelt at frigid Steel Yard
By Brian Gertsch Post-Tribune correspondent April 19, 2013 11:06PM
Roosevelt catcher Sherman Brown reaches out to tag Lew Wallace's Quinton Harris at home in the second inning at the Steel Yard in Gary Friday afternoon. Harris had a deep drive to the wall scoring two on the hit but was tagged on the toe by Brown for the out. | Jeffrey D. Nicholls~Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 21, 2013 6:29AM
Gary — On a wintry April evening when a major league game in Chicago was postponed because of the cold, Lew Wallace and Roosevelt braved the elements to play ball.
After an hour delay, the game began with a game-time temperature of 39 degrees and snow began to steadily fall in the second inning.
Lew Wallace won in a 15-1 rout, despite only recording three hits, with the mercy rule going into effect in the fifth inning.
The Hornets got off to a fast start, scoring nine first-inning runs.
Starting pitcher Taaj McCain had an impressive performance, recording six strikeouts in three innings of work. Quinton Harris came on in relief to record five strikeouts.
Lew Wallace took advantage of the Panthers’ miscues in scoring twice on passed balls on three of the four errors committed in the first inning.
Kalonji McCain and Harris each had two-run doubles.
Lew Wallace coach Al Williams liked what he saw from his team, but was not satisfied.
“We hustled and hit the ball fairly decent but we still have so much work to do,” said Williams after the game.
The fact that Friday’s game was held at the Steel Yard was the main reason it was not called off due to the weather.
“The kids get excited for this game,” Williams said. “Playing in a professional ballpark is something they will remember for their entire life.”
Said Roosevelt coach Kevin Bradley: “We have only been able to get outside once this year, but my boys get excited to play here and I’m glad they get a chance to experience this and have some fun — win or lose.”