05/08/09 — Rain storm washes out play in seventh inning

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Rain storm washes out play in seventh inning

By Andrew Stevens
Published in Sports on May 8, 2009 1:46 PM

PRINCETON -- Moments before the rains came, Ayden-Grifton opened the floodgates Thursday evening.

The Chargers erupted for six seventh-inning runs and led 9-3 when umpires suspended play on the Fred Bartholomew Athletic Complex diamond. The teams will complete the Carolina 1-A Conference contest Monday afternoon.

Princeton is scheduled to visit archrival Rosewood today.

Tied at 3-3, William Keys started the Chargers' seventh-inning rally with a one-out walk. Matt Gathercole reached on an error and Keys scored when Princeton relief pitcher Kameron Harrison mishandled Spencer Dickerson's bunt.

Blake McCarter followed with a two-run triple and Bryant Vandiford tacked on an RBI triple. Ayden-Grifton pushed across its final run on a wild pitch.

Princeton, through six-plus innings, committed 10 errors which accounted for six unearned runs.

"That's just baseball," said Princeton head coach Bruce Proctor. "We're not out of it yet. You can't give people more than three outs in an inning. You have to make them beat you and you not beat yourself."

Ayden-Grifton grabbed a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Andrew Clough's pickoff throw to first base sailed wide. Austin Bowden scored on the play.

The Dawgs tied the game at 1-1 on Benton Myers' third-inning groundout.

The Chargers moved ahead 3-1 in the fourth inning when Spencer Damato scored on an error and Vandiford's infield single pushed across Dickerson.

Princeton clawed within 3-2 on Sean Carpenter's RBI sacrifice fly in the fourth inning. Adam Peedin scampered home when Bowden, the Chargers' starting pitcher, misplayed Josh Bizzell's bunt attempt in the fifth inning.

The teams remained tied at 3-3 until Ayden-Grifton erupted in the seventh.

Proctor, whose team is battling for one of the league's four automatic playoff berths, remains optimistic about his team's chances.

"The sun is going to come up tomorrow and it will be a pretty day for baseball," said Proctor. "We still have the bottom of the seventh and that's what I'm looking forward to."