PREP BASEBALL

Snow stops Cardinals vs. Blazers game at U.S. Steel Yard

2013-04-19T21:30:00Z 2013-04-20T02:14:04Z Snow stops Cardinals vs. Blazers game at U.S. Steel YardHillary Smith hillary.smith@nwi.com, (219) 933-3233 nwitimes.com

GARY | It was a first for both coaches and they'll have a chance to talk about it again later this season.

Friday's Marquette Catholic vs. E.C. Central baseball game will pick up in the bottom of the third inning at a date to be determined when the game was called because of a snow storm.

The snow picked up a little after 9 p.m., or just as Jesus Saenz came to the plate. The Cardinals have a runner at second base (Jordan Espino, who reached on an error) and will pick up with Saenz's at bat when the game resumes.

"This is my first (snow game)," E.C. Central coach Jose Ontiveros said. "When it started snowing the kids were like kids in a candy shop. It's very rare so I know they're going to take it as a memory."

Marquette Catholic leads 7-4, having regained the advantage with a four-run top of the third.

The Blazers scored three runs in the first inning helped in part by a Dan Miller double.

E.C. Central rallied for four runs in the second inning, chasing Marquette Catholic starter Patrick Cannon, who finished with five walks and a strikeout.

The temperature when the game started at 7:43 was in the low 30s with a wind chill of 29. Light snow fell all night long, but the bigger flakes interfered with the view from the outfield.

"My outfielder said once the ball was hit to him that it blended in," Ontiveros said. "That was the early indication that we might have to look at that."

Blazers coach Joe Shinn said that his players have been excited to play in the RailCats Challenge game at U.S. Steel Yard.

"The kids have been waiting for this all year, so there was probably nothing that was going to stop us, other than a snow storm," Shinn said. "They had a great time, they're real excited about it."

When a date is decided to make up the game, it will restart in the same place it was halted.

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