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Chatham-Yarmouth-Dennis postponed (fog) in the 4th inning

by KJ Edelman
Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Chatham-Yarmouth-Dennis postponed (fog) in the 4th inning

The fog, which drifted over Veterans Field 30 minutes before first pitch on Wednesday, ended Chatham and Yarmouth-Dennis’ game in the top of the fourth inning. The game will tentatively be rescheduled for July 1.

Before the 30 minute delay, the Red Sox had a 2-0 advantage on the Anglers after runs in the top of the first and fourth inning. When Y-D scored on an RBI with two outs in the fourth, Wednesday’s umpires convened for a delay and eventual postponed game. The erased, four-inning contest has alterted manager Tom Holliday's pitching and hitting lineups, but he said Dane Acker (San Jacinto) will start tomorrow against Brewster and RJ Dabovich (Arizona State) will come in relief. 

Before the delay, a 1-2-3 first inning was in view for Zarion Sharpe (UNC Wilmington), Wednesday’s starter, after two straight ground ball outs. But nines pitches deep into a battle with Austin Wells, who had three home runs on Sunday, went in the Red Sox’s favor and cost Sharpe an extra base hit. The next batter, Riley Tirotta scored Wells when Alex Toral (Miami) cut off a throw from right field.

But in the second, the dark skies beyond the Veterans Field outfield fence turned into thick fog, and the conditions started to affect the game.

Off a slow breaking ball, Y-D’s Luke Waddell’s jump from first was far ahead from Brady Smith’s (Florida) throw that split two converging infielders. The ball skipped into the outfield. Waddell slowed at third, but Y-D manager Scott Pickler sent him home. When the ball returned to Smith, the base runner was caught in a rundown. A diving Kaden Polcovich tagged him out feet from home plate to end the third inning.

Spencer Torkelson (Arizona State), the long awaited power bat who was scheduled to make his first start of the season, roped the Anglers’ first and only hit in the first. Two innings later, Torkelson reached base on a throwing error. Both times, he never made it home.

Sharpe’s outing came to a close through three innings, and his relief pitcher, Cole Ayers (State College of Florida), allowed a single. After a passed ball, the runner made it to second.

With two outs, a long fly ball sailed to right center. O’Guinn didn’t move in right. Drenis Ozuna (Oklahoma Wesleyan) said he looked to his left to Adan Fernandez (Florida International). Neither of them could see it. Moments later, Fernandez pointed to Ozuna’s left, indicating the ball was in the gap. The ball dropped in, invisible to the outfielders, and a runner scored.

The three umpires huddled and motioned for a 30-minute delay seconds later. Some of the Chatham crowd went to the parking lot, but most waited for the call.

As the clock struck 8:40 p.m., the fog hadn’t disappeared. So, Wednesday’s game did.

The debut of Torkelson and Toral, two players Holliday said pregame have some of the best power in college baseball, were wiped out. And the statlines of Sharpe and Ayers won’t blemish their perfect ERAs. As if it never happened.