Baseball: Marquette-ECC game halted by snow in third inning
By Dave Melton Post-Tribune correspondent April 19, 2013 11:06PM
Updated: May 21, 2013 6:29AM
GARY — It was cold, but that can be expected at a high school baseball game during April in Northwest Indiana.
“That’s a first,” East Chicago Central head coach Jorge Ontiveros said.
EC Central and Michigan City Marquette made it through 21/2 innings of baseball at the Steel Yard before the snow reached its peak intensity, forcing the game to be postponed.
“When one of the balls was hit into the outfield, my players said it just blended in (with the snow),” said Ontiveros. “That was a pretty good indication.”
Said Marquette coach Joe Shinn: “The kids had been waiting for this game all year, so I don’t think anything was going to stop us — except for a snowstorm.”
Marquette held a 7-4 lead in the bottom of the third inning when the game was halted. But EC Central had the leadoff man on second base, threatening to cut into that lead.
Marquette scored three times in the top of the first inning, paced by an RBI double to the wall in left field by cleanup hitter Dan Miller. EC Central responded with four runs of its own in the bottom of the second inning, with D’Angelo Gonzalez’s two-out, two-run single providing a lot of the damage.
But the Blazers came right back in the top of the third with four more runs, taking advantage of four walks issued by Cardinals pitching. Isaiah Papineau drove in a pair of runs with his single through the left side.
After an error started EC’s half of the third, the snowfall became too intense for the game to continue.
“When do you see snow at a baseball game? It’s very rare,” Ontiveros said. “I know these guys will be talking about it when they get home.”
Both teams said they plan to reschedule the game for a future date.