Lightning halts Cardinals, Lakers

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Shakamak's Parker Green dives for home plate but not before Bloomfield catcher Kyler Hudson can apply the tag. The Lakers were leading the Cardinals 10-2 in the third inning when play was suspended due to lightning.
By Terry Schwinghammer

JASONVILLE - Weather appeared to be the only thing that could stop the Shakamak Lakers Wednesday.

A fast start for the Bloomfield Cardinals did not last.

Bloomfield had Shakamak in a 2-0 hole after a half inning of play. Dustin Kettler led off with a solo home run for the Cards. Kyler Hudson reached base on an error. Hudson moved to second on a base on balls to Adam Dean and scored on Dakota Brown’s base hit up the middle.

But when the Lakers’ turn came they responded - and then some.

Shakamak struck for 10 runs on six hits, sending 13 batsmen to the plate in the big inning.

Lane Gilbert doubled into the gap in right center to start things off. Tanner Yeryar got aboard on an error. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch. Parker Green walked to load the bases with nobody out.

Draven Cox smacked a double to deep center field, playing Gilbert and Yeryar.

Green was erased on a play at the plate on Devin Stienstra’s grounder. Levi Webb drew a two-out walk. Stienstra raced home on a wild throw and Webb came in on Levi Helt’s base knock.

Nick Kinnett received Shakamak’s third free pass of the first inning. Kinnett stole second and Webb scored from third on the throw to second.

Gilbert’s second two-bagger of the frame - this one to left center - drove in Helt. Yeryar singled in Gilbert and then Parker Green stepped to the plate.

Green lofted a fly ball to center. The ball rode a brisk tailwind, carrying it beyond the fence for a two-run shot and a 10-2 Laker lead.

Tyler Hanson singles for the Bloomfield Cardinals.
By Terry Schwinghammer

Almost as quickly as Shakamak struck, so did lightning.

Both sides went down in order in the second.

Bloomfield had a runner at third with one out in the top of the third when play was halted.

Tyler Hanson led off with a single up the middle and wound up at third on a wild pitch. Hudson was at the plate with a 2-2 count when umpires spotted a flash of lightning in the distance.

A mandatory 30-minute weather delay was called for.

Approximately 20 minutes later, lightning flashed again. The decision was made to suspend play for the remainder of the evening.

No resumption date has been set.

Wednesday’s contest was to be the Southwestern Indiana Athletic Conference finale for Bloomfield (3-16, 2-4 SWIAC) and Shakamak (8-11, 4-2).

Shakamak will honor its seniors in Senior Night ceremonies before tomorrow’s 6:30 p.m. game with Bedford North Lawrence, weather permitting.

Bloomfield travels to Jasper Thursday to take on the Wildcats.

Devin Stienstra puts the bat on the ball for Shakamak.
By Terry Schwinghammer

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