PREP BASEBALL

Weather postpones Illinois Lutheran-Beecher matchup

2013-04-10T20:00:00Z 2013-09-10T21:30:05Z Weather postpones Illinois Lutheran-Beecher matchupDwight Haislet Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
April 10, 2013 8:00 pm  • 

BEECHER | For Beecher baseball coach Brandon DuBois, the game cancellations keep coming, and it's starting to appear that some of the 2013 season will be lost for good.

Wednesday's matchup against River Valley Conference foe Illinois Lutheran was cancelled in the bottom of the second inning due to inclement weather.

The Chargers held a 1-0 lead against the Bobcats before a heavy rain picked up and forced the umpiring crew to call the game. Because of full schedules due to previous makeup games, no makeup date has been scheduled.

"It's been miserable," DuBois said. "We've lost 11 games now. Some of those games aren't going to get made up because of everything being compacted.

"We've got conference games to make up, and we're going to have to drop a couple non-conference games."

After the Chargers managed no runs in the top of the first, Illinois Lutheran's Sam Geraci struck out the side in the Beecher half of the first. The Chargers then scored in the top of the second to take a 1-0 lead.

Moving forward, Illinois Lutheran coach Mark Kjenstad was most concerned with the health of his team. Geraci was struck with a line drive just before the weather cancellation, and sophomore Grant Farmer was hit in the hand with a pitch while batting in the top of the first.

"We've had so many injuries and I had two more guys potentially go down today," Kjenstad said. "That's my main concern right now. That Sam and Grant are OK because they both took shots."

The Chargers sit at 6-1 on the season and have also been forced to deal with some tricky spring weather.

"It was two good teams with two good pitchers going today, the weather just didn't cooperate," Kjenstad said. "We were very anxious to get the season started. I think our first four games were rained out. You've got to try and play the games when you can play them."

Beecher's Zach Aring got the start on the mound for the Bobcats. Aring struck out two in the first, before a leadoff walk in the second came around to score for Illinois Lutheran.

The Bobcats committed two early errors in first two innings.

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