PARIS¿— A bizarre season took another strange turn in the finals of the 40th District Tournament Thursday at Bourbon¿County.
George Rogers Clark and Bourbon County will return Saturday to finish the game after a 15-minute downpour suspended play with the Colonels leading 9-4 with one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth inning.
During the regular-season, the two district rivals played just one game because of inclement weather and rain halted the completion of the second meeting with higher stakes involved in the outcome.
After the contest was postponed, Bourbon County coach Nelson Faris and Clark associate coach Rich Barker agreed to resume the game at 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon. Barker, along with assistant coaches Wally Price and Daren Snell were filling in for Clark coach Larry Allison, whose mother passed away Tuesday morning.
The Cards led 3-0 after the first three innings, but the Colonels rallied with four runs in the bottom of the third frame and tacked on one more in the fourth and three more in the fifth frame. The hosts left the bases loaded with one out in the bottom of the sixth when the game was called.
Clark pitcher Jake Robin tossed the first two and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on five hits. The senior left-hander walked four and struck out four batters.
Tyler Martinez relieved Robin and got the final out of the third and tossed the next two innings. Martinez gave up five hits, four runs, fanned three batters and issued a pair of walks.
Bourbon¿County ace Chase Mullins went four innings and gave up four runs, six hits, walked four and collected six strikeouts. Mullins got out of a bases-loaded jam when his team turned a 5-3 double play to end the fourth inning.
The Cards collected three hits off Mullins in the second frame, an inning that featured three runs on three hits. Clark third baseman Logan McQuerry highlighted the inning with a single off Mullins that plated two runs.
Chris Norman took over for Mullins in the fifth and retired the side with three straight strikeouts. Prior to taking over on the mound, Norman connected on three hits, including a pair of solo home runs in the first and fourth inning.
The Colonels tied the margin and took the lead on a wild pitch by Martinez and a double steal. A¿homer by Norman pushed the lead to 6-4 in the fourth.
Bourbon broke the game open with three runs on three hits in the fifth, including a single by Tyler Bretz that drove in two runs with one out.