A rain storm created problems for the Union Legionnaires on Saturday and brought an abrupt halt to the Junior Legion contest allowing Gaffney to emerge with a 6-4 win over the visitors.
“The mound got so muddy that BJ (House) couldn’t get any traction,” said Union Coach Ed Wages. “But the umpires were trying to keep from having to suspend the game so we played on and it really affected us.
Buddy Hardy, Quinton Smith and Nate Johnson each contributed a hit in the top of the first and the Legionnaires took a 1-0 lead.
House took the mound in the bottom of the inning and Union held Gaffney to three up, three down.
Jonathan Wages and B. Hardy drew back to back walks to lead off the second inning and Smith reached on an error to load the bases for Mark Hardy who pounded out a 2-RBI single to pad the Legionnaires’ lead, 3-0.
After going scoreless in their portion of the inning, Gaffney held off a Legionnaires’ scoring threat in the third when a fielder’s choice left two runners on.
Gaffney compiled four hits in the bottom of the third before the Legionnaires knotted it up at 4-4 when M. Hardy belted out an RBI triple. Johnson was issued a walk but again, the Legionnaires left two runners stranded when a ground out ended the inning.
Gaffney picked up a pair of hits in the fourth but the Legionnaires’ used solid defense to prevent any significant damage.
The rain came in the fifth inning and after Third Henderson drew a lead off walk, both teams were pulled off the field for a rain delay.
Under a light drizzle, the game resumed five minutes later and Wages sacrificed to advance Henderson to second and B. Hardy was issued a walk before a ground out ended the inning and Gaffney escaped unscathed.
As the Legionnaires took the field, the rain increased.
Gaffney used three hits and the Legionnaires’ only error of the game to plate two runs before the game was called.
“I’m proud of my boys for bouncing back after that wacky game last week (against the other Union Junior Legion team),” said Wages. “We played solid baseball on Saturday.”