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May 15, 2014

A fresh start

Rain washes away Game 3, Berrien’s four-run deficit

NASHVILLE — With two outs in the bottom of the first inning, things already looked bleak for Berrien in Game 3 of the Class AA quarterfinal series Wednesday against Greater Atlanta Christian.

Fortunately for the Rebels, that bleak outlook applied to the weather as well.

Greater Atlanta Christian led Berrien 5-1 in the bottom of the second with runners on second and third before the game was postponed due to a lightning strike within the area. Despite waiting more than two and a half hours, the weather would not allow for the game to be completed.

Due to another rain-heavy forecast for today, the makeup game was rescheduled to start from the beginning on Friday at 4:30 p.m. Greater Atlanta Christian's four run lead will be erased because according to GHSA rule book the suspended game rule must be used, “when a game is stopped before it becomes a legal game (4.5 or 5 innings), it is considered ‘no contest’ and any replay will begin from the first inning.”

While the Spartans are lamenting the rain washing away an early lead, the Rebels are breathing a sigh of relief to receive a mulligan on a potentially disastrous inning.

Berrien went up 1-0 in the top of the first before Greater Atlanta Christian stormed back to take a lead thanks to three Rebel errors.

A grounder through the legs of the first baseman and a sailed throw to second base allowed the tying run to score, but Berrien was still in position to get out of the inning without any serious damage, but with two outs an infield pop up rolled out of the glove of the Rebels second baseman, four runs scored after the potential third out.

Greater Atlanta Christian traveled back to Norcross following the game. The Spartans will turn around and drive three hours back to complete the three-game series Friday afternoon.

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