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Let’s play two. Or, maybe not.

Having to play a doubleheader due to earlier weather problems, the Woodhaven and Melvindale baseball teams tried to squeeze both games in this afternoon but the second game was postponed due to darkness in the bottom of the fourth after the Cardinals Ben Konarski took a fastball to the helmet.

Leading 4-1, Woodhaven pitcher Robby Oliver walked the first batter of the inning and then hit Konarski, who said he couldn’t see the pitch, in the next-at-bat and the home plate umpire had decided he couldn’t see the ball either.

“It’s the plate umpire’s final decision,” said Woodhaven skipper Bob Kloss. “Unfortunately it’s his say after the ball is thrown, even if I had said ‘come on, come on this is terrible,’ if he feels that he can’t see the ball there is nothing that I can do.”

Woodhaven won a back-and-forth game one 4-3 thanks to some clutch hitting and a gritty complete game pitching effort from Brendan Lyons, who struck out 10 and walked only a single Cardinal batter.

On the offensive side of things, the Warriors’ Jordan Thayer was the definition of clutch in the opener.

The senior twice knocked in runs with two outs, including the game winner in the fifth, and had three RBI in the game to go along with a stolen base.

The scrappy Cardinals didn’t go away though.

Konarski, Jason Doyle and Ian Striz had RBI singles for Melvindale, and the Cardinals had the winning run on second in the seventh with one out when a base running mistake cost them the game.

Tristan Mathes got stuck between second and third base on a Darin David flyout and was thrown out at second to end the game.

“That one hurts because we had just worked on that exact thing yesterday in practice,” said Melvindale manager Merle Shepard. “It was just unfortunate that a baserunning error cost us. I thought overall it was well played.”

Jake Belch took a no-hitter into the fourth in the night cap, but lost it when Woodhaven’s Remington Sancho delivered a pinch hit 2-RBI single to give the Warriors the lead.

Game two will resume in the bottom of the fourth in a date to be determined later.

Woodhaven takes on Carlson tomorrow while Melvindale is off until Friday when it will host Trenton.







Last Updated: 5/7/2014 11:41:44 PM EST

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