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OVER TOO SOON
Lightning forces cancellation of Chiefs doubleheader with Dodge City at Sports Complex
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Things started well.
The Great Bend Chiefs gave up a run in the top of the first in Game 1 of a Class AAA American Legion doubleheader against Dodge City on Tuesday night.
However, Great Bend got that run back, and Tristan Hall was settling down on the mound when a thunderstorm rolled in.
“It’s frustrating to get rained out, or lightninged out I should say,” Chiefs head coach Michael Stettinger said. “Hall was having a good game on the mound. We strung some hits together. Got a run.
“I was looking forward to having a good game tonight.”
Tristan Hall gave up a quick run in the first inning, as Dodge City’s Austin Weiser led off with a triple and later scored on an Andrew Balderaz sacrifice fly.
The Chiefs got that run back when Shade Wondra scored after Dillon Reiser hit into a fielder’s choice, knotting it at 1-1.
Tristan Hall threw a scoreless second inning, before weather stopped play.
After a 22-minute delay, the game was canceled due to lightning, leaving the 6-18 Chiefs to wait another day before they have a chance to end their six-game losing streak.
The games will likely not be rescheduled.
“We do have to wait, but anytime it’s 106 (degrees outside) it’s not such a bad thing to get rained out like this,” Stettinger said. “The important thing is to come back ready to play, and hopefully, we’ll have better conditions tomorrow.”
Great Bend travels to McPherson tonight for a doubleheader, starting at 6.
McPherson topped the Chiefs 11-1 in five innings on June 18.
“McPherson is going to show us the same kind of things that they did last time,” Stettinger said. “They’ll come out and swing the bat well. They’ll pitch well. We’re just going to have to do the little things right.”