Cougars and Eagles unable to fend off murky weather
The North Harrison High School varsity baseball team was set to show off new lights Thursday night but the darkening skies filled with lightning instead, causing the scoreless game to be canceled in the bottom of the fourth. The lights were turned on anyway, in hopes that the game would resume, but a heavy downpour with the advancing lightning sent the teams scurrying for cover.
In the season opener for Lanesville and North Harrison, both squads had opportunities to put a run on the board before the stormy weather arrived, but it was not to be.
In the top of the first inning, Lanesville’s senior lead-off batter John Kissel made his way to third base after a single, steal and fielder’s choice. But, Cougar junior pitcher Chad Eveslage struck out a batter and a failed bunt attempt led to the final out.
The Eagles had another opportunity to score in the second, when Caleb Caldwell smoked a line-drive to centerfield on a full count with two outs to load the bases for lead-off man Kissel. Kissel grounded out to Eveslage to end the threat.
North Harrison’s best chance to score came just before the umpires stopped play because of lightning. The Cougars had runners on first and second with one out in the bottom of the fourth when play was called.
Lanesville junior Jordan Sizemore pitched three solid scoreless innings, as did Eveslage for North Harrison. Senior lefty Marcus Stone pitched the fourth inning for the Cougars.
The game between North Harrison and Lanesville will be made up on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.