Legion contest ends in tie
SHAMOKIN - While Shamokin-Mount Carmel's chances to beat Sunbury-Northumberland were looking brighter, the sky never was.
After trailing 4-1, Stripes and Strikes rallied in the sixth to tie Sunbury-Norry before a scoreless seventh inning by both teams and an increasingly dark sky led to a suspended game. There was no indication when it would be completed.
Sunbury-Norry got a pair of runs in both the first and third innings.
In the first, Colby Lahr singled and was followed by Nick Dunn's triple. Dunn later scored on an infield groundout by Blake Bettleyon.
Then in the third, Shamokin-Mount Carmel starting pitcher Jake Jones got the first two batters out before walking the next three. Two runs then scored on an error while a third runner was gunned out at home by Austin Fry to end the inning. Jones worked into the fifth inning and struck out five.
Shamokin-Mount Carmel had plenty of chances to score before the sixth.
In the first four innings, Stripes and Strikes runners had problems on the basepaths. Two runners were caught stealing after deciding on their own to go, while another two drifted too far off base on fly outs to get doubled up.
After a bases-loaded scare from Sunbury-Norry in the sixth, S-MC loaded the bases against Sunbury-Norry reliever Jean Turber. All three of those runs scored, two on walks and one when Paul Gurba belted a single into left field. A second runner tried to score on Gurba's single but was cut down at home with Fry, who had doubled deep to left field earlier in the game, due up next.
Both teams got a runner on base in the seventh but neither advanced past second and the came was suspended going into extra innings.