**Updated start time for today’s resumption of play**
All was going well through five innings for the Festus Tigers’ baseball team in Monday’s district semifinal game against Park Hills Central at Yanks Field in Ste. Genevieve. But then the top of the sixth happened when the Rebels scored four runs. Then the lightning and the rain came along with a delay that lasted well over an hour. Finally, the game was suspended with Festus down 4-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning. The remainder of the game is scheduled to be played at 7 p.m. this evening in Ste. Genevieve.
After Jake Leitner (12) retired Central in the first inning, the Tigers went to work in the bottom half of the inning. Chase Cole (12) led off with a single, but was thrown out stealing. Eddie Martin (11) singled and advanced to third on a base hit by Matt Rosen (12). Martin would score the first run of the game when Collin Mann (12) grounded out to short. Rosen was stranded at third, and Festus held a 1-0 lead after one inning.
And then the pitchers took over. Leitner allowed only two hits in the first five innings, while Central’s Dillon Mannion wouldn’t allow a hit after the first inning.
But the sixth inning proved troublesome for the Tigers. Six consecutive batters would reach base for the Rebels. After a lead off walk, a single, a double, and two more singles, along with a Festus error, would plate four runs. Leitner was relieved by Charlie Pratt (11), and he got three outs in the inning, but the damage had been done.
And then the rain and lightning did its thing. There was a lot of waiting around to see if the weather would get better. At approximately 9:30 p.m., the game was suspended. The ballgame will pick up right where it left off in the bottom of the sixth inning with Martin leading off for the Tigers. Play will begin at 7 p.m. this evening.
In the earlier semifinal game, the Potosi Trojans, the #5 seed, upset the #1 seed Ste. Genevieve Dragons, 6-1. The Trojans advance to Thursday’s championship game to play the winner of the Festus-Park Hills Central contest.