PDT Sports Contributor
PIKETON, Ohio – What can two teams say when a violent weather system that (possibly) spawned multiple tornadoes (and almost relocates the location of the game itself to the away team’s site) passes over to sunny skies, yet because of each team’s fight and heart, gets suspended to the following day?
There’s a first time for everything.
That’s what happened Wednesday evening as a Division III Sectional Semifinal baseball match up between Portsmouth and Piketon was postponed after the completion of the 10th inning with each team deadlocked at a 0-0 tally.
However, it was what was happening before the game even started that had the fans of both teams in awe.
At approximately 4:55 p.m., five minutes before the contest’s scheduled first pitch, warning sirens began to go off indicating the possibility of a tornado in the county itself. The vast majority of the players, coaches, and fans would go inside Piketon High School to wait the storm out, with the scheduled warning expected to end at 5:15 p.m.
Before too many people could venture outside the doors of Piketon High School, a second smattering of tornado sirens would send many people back to the doors of the high school itself for cover.
The tornado sirens would finally cease for good around 5:45 p.m. and would be followed by a short 15-minute downpour before the skies cleared for good right around 6 p.m.
After contemplating playing the contest at Portsmouth, the contest would eventually be played at Piketon, with the first pitch coming around 6:35 p.m.
A pitcher’s duel would ensue throughout the contest as Portsmouth’s Brandon Wedebrook and Piketon’s Zach Jordan would each pitch deep into the ballgame.
Overall, Wedebrook went nine innings while giving up just eight hits and striking out five. Jordan, meanwhile, went the full 10 innings, only surrendering seven hits and striking out seven in the process.
On the hitting side of things, Sky Oliver and Isiaha Lisath would garner two hits to lead the Trojans while Ethan Fremder and Steven Zimmerman led the Redstreaks with two hits of their own.
The game’s conclusion will be played Thursday evening at Piketon High School, with a scheduled start time of 5 p.m.