A spectacular lightening storm interrupted an entertaining Northwest League baseball game Monday night at Seafirst Stadium.
Then after play resumed following a 1 hour, 13 minute delay, Southern Oregon and Spokane had to go extra innings for a second straight game before the Timberjacks pulled out a 3-2 win on an unearned run in the 11th inning.
A smattering of the 3,016 fans who witnessed the opening pitch 4-1/2 hours earlier saw Spokane miss an opportunity to pull within one game of Boise in the North. The Hawks lost 9-3 to Portland.
Southern Oregon led 1-0 going into the top of the sixth inning in what had been a briskly paced game when the umpires stopped play because of an equally brisk approaching storm from the southwest.
Rain and lightening bombarded Spokane for 20 minutes, the final 5 minutes of which was of torrential proportions. About 15 minutes later, the Indians grounds crew began cleanup operations.
Although the game was official with five innings played, Spokane officials worked diligently to finish the game, especially with word Boise was losing.
The Timberjacks scored the game’s lone run before the delay in the third inning. Leadoff hitter Mike Koerner collected a two-out double, scoring moments later when Adam Robinson looped a single just over the outstretched glove of first baseman Doug Blosser.
In the final game of the five-game series tonight, Spokane will start Kris Wilson (1-1, 4.26 ERA) and the Timberjacks will go with Marcus Jones (0-1, 2.53) in a battle of right-handers.
Game time is 7:05. Spokane’s Dermal Brown entered Monday’s game leading NWL hitters in six offensive categories. Most noteworthy are average (.383), RBIs (39), hits (51) and slugging percentage (.654).
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