By Chris Yow
HOOVER —Game 1 of Hewitt-Trussville’s first round playoff series at Hoover was suspended following a lightning delay on Friday. The Huskies and Bucs will finish the 7A baseball opener on Saturday at 1 p.m.
When the game was suspended, Hewitt-Trussville held an 18-2 lead 4½ innings over the Bucs, and forced the home team to burn through four pitchers in the contest. The Huskies were just three outs away from securing the win in Game 1 before the suspension.
Hewitt-Trussville’s bats exploded in the first inning of the game, and never cooled off. The Huskies also got a gem from starting pitcher Carson Skipper.
Through five innings, every hitter in the Huskies’ lineup crossed the plate at least once. Ed Johnson led the way at the plate, going 4-for-4 with six RBIs, including a solo home run to lead off the second inning. He was a triple away from hitting for the cycle in the game.
Johnson was joined by several teammates who helped plate multiple runs in the game. Tyler Tolbert went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs and two runs scored. Jamison Stennis was 3-for-4 in the game. He singled twice in the first inning, driving in all three of his RBIs in the opening frame.
Others who drove in a run were Justin Booker, Cameron Moore and Josh Morgan, and Skipper added an RBI as well.
The Huskies added one run in the third inning, three runs in the fourth and exploded again for four runs in the fifth inning before the flash of lightening stalled the contest.
On the hill, Skipper gave up two earned runs on two hits and struck out three Bucs hitters. Because he is the pitcher of record, he will be allowed to continue to pitch tomorrow in the continued game.
The game will resume Saturday at 1 p.m. Following the completion of Game 1, the two teams will then play Game 2 of the series.
The other area team in the playoffs, Clay-Chalkville, saw its 6A series at Walker washed out. The Cougars and Vikings will play a doubleheader beginning at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.