Loyalsock-Delone Catholic to resume Saturday

PINE GROVE – Playing through a constant rain for three innings Thursday, Loyalsock was able to erase what was once a four-run deficit and pull within 5-4 against Delone Catholic before the steady shower finally forced the suspension of the PIAA Class AA Quarterfinal game at Pine Grove.

After the grounds crew worked on both the pitching mound and home plate area prior to the top of the fourth inning, the four umpires decided to halt the baseball game. It took less than 20 minutes for the umpires to decide to suspend the game instead of trying to play through a perpetually annoying rain.

Loyalsock athletic director Ron Insinger said the game would be continued on Saturday, with a starting time to be determined this morning.

The three pitchers throwing during the three innings yesterday combined to allow nine runs, five walks and four hit batters. The three pitchers threw 66 of 136 pitches (48.5 percent) for strikes as they struggled with a muddy pitchers’ mound and wet baseballs. In his one inning of relief, Loyalsock pitcher Kyle Datres continually had to wipe the rain water from the bill of his cap.

Delone Catholic took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a bases-loaded walk and a sacrifice fly. Loyalsock responded with one in the bottom of the first thanks to a throwing error.

The Squires took a 5-1 lead in the top of the third thanks to a two-run triple from Tanner Orndorff and a passed ball. But prior to the game being suspended, Loyalsock rallied with two runs on a fielder’s choice play and an RBI groundout.

The game will resume in the top of the fourth inning with Delone Catholic leading 5-4 and Brett Smith at bat for the Squires.