DELTA – On Thursday Wauseon traveled to Delta to take on the Panthers in an ACME baseball contest and had their bats booming early, scoring four times in the top of the first inning and another four in the top of the third for a quick 8-0 lead.
Unfortunately, the noise created by the Indians’ offense paled in comparison to what Mother Nature unleashed in that third inning, rolling in lightning, thunder and an eventual downpour to wash away their 8-0 advantage and the game itself.
Josh Whitcomb jump started the Wauseon attack in the first with a bloop single into left off Delta starter Blake Gladieux and took second when the throw back in was off target. Brady Rupp sent home Whitcomb with a line drive to center field and Jacob Flory matched that hit with an RBI shot up the middle to put the Indians on top 2-0.
Later in the inning, Brooks Gype pushed a grounder into the hole on the left side to drive in two more runs and the Indians had a 4-0 lead as the Panthers were coming up for their first at bats.
Wauseon sent Travis Smith to the mound and he had little trouble getting through the first two innings but never got the chance to face the Panther lineup after that.
After not scoring in the second, the Indians put four more on the scoreboard in the top of the third and had two runners on with just one out when a flash of lightning and a clap of thunder sent both teams to their dugouts and the fans scurrying for cover.
Minutes later the skies opened up and after a quick check of the radar, the umpires decided to suspend play for the evening, leaving the game well short of the innings required for an official game.