PREP BASEBALL

New DAC rule allows baseball games to restart after suspension

2014-04-21T19:45:00Z 2014-04-23T01:50:06Z New DAC rule allows baseball games to restart after suspensionHillary Smith hillary.smith@nwi.com, (219) 933-3233 nwitimes.com

ST. JOHN | When Crown Point returns to Lake Central on Thursday to play a baseball game that lasted five batters on Monday, Mitch Kooi's home run will count.

The doubles by Tyler Downing and Logan Grapenthien that were hit before rain stopped play will also count toward the final score.

For the first time in several years in the Duneland Athletic Conference, games can resume if they were suspended before they were called official.

In a rule voted on and passed by DAC coaches and the athletic directors last summer, this is the first season that suspended conference games will pick up where they left off.

When rain suspended Monday's conference game between the Bulldogs and Indians, Crown Point held a 4-0 lead without an our in the top of the first inning.

"(Our pitcher) got warmed up, so we'll have to adjust," Crown Point coach Steve Strayer said. "They threw their pitcher, so they'll have to adjust, too."

The rule was put into place to avoid restarting a game for only 15 or 20 minutes, Strayer said.

But suspended games over the last several years have helped the coaches have a change of heart.

In 2008, Lake Central and Crown Point played in three separate games over four days having to restart each time after darkness suspended games twice in ties.

"There's sometimes where the game will be darked out in the sixth inning or seventh inning and you have to drive over there to play two outs," Strayer said. "We said we would deal with it."

Though Lake Central will start already down four runs, Indians coach Jeff Sandor said he isn't worried about his team.

"To me there's 21 outs of baseball left on both sides," Sandor said. "We're just spotting them four, and that's OK."

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