NEWBERRY - Over the 104 years the game of baseball has been played at Kirkland Field on the campus of Newberry College, games have been postponed for a variety of reasons. Rain, lightning, and darkness have all been cancellation culprits. But for perhaps the first time in Newberry baseball history, a game was called due to a testy city of Newberry transformer, as the lights shut off not once, but twice during the Indian home opener against Francis Marion Tuesday evening. The game will be picked up in the middle of the fifth inning when the Indians travel to the home field of Francis Marion on April 5th.
The good news for Francis Marion (or perhaps bad news, whichever way you look at it) is that the Patriots will find themselves up 7-0 on Newberry when the game resumes.
The party started for Francis Marion in the second inning when Indian starting pitcher Joel Crisp (Summerville, S.C.) allowed consecutive singles by Patriots Luke Olgetree (Villa Rica, Ga.) and Michael Ward (Florence, S.C.), both of whom crossed home plate. With two outs in the inning and a man on, Francis Marion third baseman Brian McFadden (Scranton, Pa.) hit a laser shot over the left field wall to give the Patriots a 4-0 lead.
Francis Marion would go on to add runs in the third and fifth to extend their lead to 7-0. Patriot starting pitcher Chas Dobes (Lemont, Ill.) held the Indians to one hit and struck out four in four complete innings.
This was the second consecutive time that the Newberry home opener has had to be postponed. The Indians will get another shot at it this weekend at 1 p.m., as Shepherd College comes to town for two consecutive doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday.