Even with the start of the varsity game moved up to 4:30 p.m. from its normal 7 p.m. starting time, the Creston Panthers and Clarinda Cardinals were unable to complete their game Tuesday, as lightning caused the game to be suspended.
Creston led 2-1 after three innings of play, when the game was put into a 30-minute delay because of lightning in the vicinity.
After several more lightning strikes nearby and after consulting the radar map, officials finally suspended the game.
All of the scoring came in the first inning of the incomplete game.
Clarinda’s Paige Sunderman hit a one-out single to right field and advanced to second base on a passed ball. She advanced to third base on a groundout to pitcher Haylee LaMasters.
LaMasters appeared to have worked her way out of the inning, getting Karyee Buch to strike out on three pitches, but the third strike was dropped.
The throw down to first base hit Buch in the back and Sunderman scampered home to put the first run on the board.
Creston answered back in the bottom of the first inning as Josie Sickels worked a leadoff walk. She advanced to second on a Taylor Briley single. LaMasters loaded the bases with a single of her own to left field.
Natalie Mostek drew a bases-loaded walk to score Sickels, and then Shelby Palser hit into a fielder’s choice to the shortstop, who stepped on third base to get LaMasters out, as Briley came home on the play.
A Jami Sickels single loaded the bases again for Creston, but the Panthers were unable to add to the lead.
The Panthers again had the bases loaded in the bottom of the second inning, but LaMasters was called out by interference after running into Clarinda shortstop Jaedra Moses as she attempted to throw to first, ending the inning.
As of press time, there was no date scheduled yet for resuming the game.
Creston returns to action at home Thursday in a Hawkeye 10 Conference doubleheader against Harlan. First pitch is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
Creston’s junior varsity team fell to 1-1 for the season with a 5-4 loss to Glenwood on Monday.
“Good JV game against a solid pitcher,” Creston JV coach Teri Keeler said. “Had a couple of chances to push more runs across with bases loaded, but couldn’t get that hit. Too many looking strikeouts. We need to be more aggressive with two strikes.”
Taylor Briley struck out five batters and walked just one, before being relieved by Josie Sickels.
Jami Sickels went 2-for-2 at the plate, as did Cammy Rutherford. Rutherford drove in two runs with a double. Chloe Hagle went 1-3 with an RBI.