The Griffin Christian Crusaders baseball team’s GISA Region 2-AAA home game against the Stratford Academy Eagles was suspended in the top of the fifth inning due to rain and lightning flashes Friday evening, with GCHS leading 12-11.
A makeup date hasn’t been set yet.
How fitting that a game filled with electricity was suspended due to electricity. Stratford was on edge all evening at Nix Field, most probably trying to rattle Griffin Christian and get a measure of payback. The Crusaders went to Macon on March 22 and embarrassed the Eagles 7-1 in front of several college scouts who were in attendance that day.
GCHS got off to a fast start Friday, thanks to a first-inning grand slam by catcher Alex Lowry, to lead 9-3. By the time the third inning rolled around, GCHS was up 12-8 and the GISA suddenly turned into the UFC.
Stratford’s head coach was ejected for arguing a call at second base in the bottom of the third. As he left the game, he fired up his hyper players and that made matters worse.
The Stratford catcher then went nose-to-nose with GCHS pitcher Jordan Piland during Piland's at-bat and they had to be separated by each others' teammates and coaches. Fans yelled though the fence and some nearly came on the field until order was restored.
Stratford came back and scored three more runs in the top of the fourth to cut the lead to 12-11.
The teams completed the fourth inning and Stratford batted in the fifth before the rain and lightning came. The umpires delayed the game for 10 minutes before suspending it. Depending on GISA rules, the game will either be finished on another day or called a complete-game victory for GCHS.