COMMERCE — Rain and a muddy field led to the suspension of Thursday’s Quapaw-Commerce baseball game with two out in the bottom of the sixth inning.
The teams had battled to a 1-1 tie at Mickey Mantle Field.
It’s not sure if, or when, the game will be completed.
Commerce jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first.
Josh Pilkinton walked and stole second before Tyler Maxville singled. Kasey Ng grounded out to the pitcher, moving the runners into scoring position.
Pilkinton scored on a passed ball.
The Tigers had a chance to get another run, when Joey Bowling reached n a dropped third strike with two out.
However, Blake Witten grounded out to end the inning.
Quapaw tied the game in the top of the fourth on a balk.
Morgan Morey reached on an error and stole second. Coltin Sappington singled, then Morey stole third.
Morey was awarded home on a balk by Pilkinton.
The Tigers threatened in the bottom of the fourth when Luke Manning and Braden Smith were safe on consecutive errors.
However, pitcher Cole Quick got out of trouble with a strikeout and a ground out.
Quapaw went down in order in the top of the fifth, then the first two CHS batters were retired in the home half of the inning.
Bowling had a 2-2 count when play was halted.
The teams combined for only three hits in the game. Pilkinton and Maxville had a single each for the Tigers while Sappington’s hit was the only one for Quapaw.
Both schools are scheduled to play today — Commerce at Grove and Ketchum at Quapaw — but a gloomy weather forecast likely will change those plans.