CLINTON — “Let’s play two” took on a new meaning Thursday, and it wasn’t something baseball players relish.
Little more than two minutes into the scheduled doubleheader between Clinton and Davenport North, an approaching thunderstorm forced officials to suspend play at the Durgin Complex. The doubleheader will pick up where it left off at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 3.
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“I’m disappointed we were not able to play tonight,” Clinton coach Kevin Cunningham said. “The kids were ready to go and focused on getting back into (Mississippi Athletic Conference) action. Everyone involved in our program is confident the second half of the season will be better than the first half. Our goal is to compete in the MAC and get back to the state tournament.
The game began with rumbles of thunder in the distance and a dark wall of clouds to the west of the complex at Eagle Heights Elementary School. From the start, it appeared it would be just a matter of minutes before the storm arrived.
Clinton pitcher Jake Faur retired the first two batters before North got successive singles from Jared DeFauw and Chase Roehm. But Faur retired Matt Heim to end the inning.
Dustin Caldwell led off the Clinton half of the first inning, and after two pitches, base umpire Mike Botts saw a flash of lightning to the west and the teams were ordered off the field and fans were sent home. Within about five minutes, the rain began.