GRIFFITH | Both teams had some chances. Both teams made important pitches at critical moments.
Times No. 7 Washington Township and Griffith battled to a 3-3 tie over eight innings before the game was called due to darkness Friday.
"It could have been and 8-8 ball game instead of 3-3," Washington Township coach Randy Roberts said. "It was a good, competitive game to get us ready for the tournament."
Bob Ross doubled in the first run of the game in the third. Luke Lipinski singled off pitcher Anthony Carter's foot and into left field to bring in Ross for a 2-0 lead.
Griffith (12-9-1) got both of those runs right back in the bottom half. Matt Colomes singled in one and Anthony Quintero's sacrifice fly brought in the other. The damage could have been worse though. The Panthers had the bases loaded with no outs.
"We had opportunities that we didn't take advantage of, just like they did," Griffith coach Brian Jennings said. "But they're good. I think Randy (Roberts) is one of the most underrated coaches in the area because he's at a 1A school."
Corey Holderread doubled and Luke Lipinski singled him in to give W.T. the lead again, 3-2 in the fifth. The Senators wouldn't score again despite putting seven more runners on base over the final three innings.
"(Carter) is a good pitcher; I don't remember too many pitches right down the middle of the plate," Roberts said. "He was a location pitcher. That kid made good pitches when we had him on the ropes. I'll give more credit to him as a pitcher than take any from us."
Carter threw 120 pitches over eight innings.
The Panthers tied the game on Colomes's sacrifice fly in the fifth. A pair of Griffith runners tagged up and advanced on the play and one was ruled to have left early.
Washington Township (19-2-1) made two appeals on the play and the second resulted in an out. Jennings argued that only one appeal could be made per play.
"In the high school rulebook, it says you can have multiple appeals you just can't make a travesty of the game," Jennings said. "My point was, when does it become a travesty of the game? I think the rule is too vague and puts the umpires in a bad spot."
Jennings said that the end result of the game was unaffected by the play.