LANSING | Times No. 5 T.F. South entered the week with an eight-game winning streak and a lot of confidence.
It hasn't had a chance to carry anything over from last week and not because it lost its edge.
Tuesday, the Rebels were postponed for the second straight day against Oak Forest. Monday's postponement will be made up Thursday at Oak Forest.
Tuesday's game was halted by lightning at at 5:12 p.m. There was one out in the bottom of the second in a scoreless contest. Cody Petrich had just stepped to the plate when the umpires saw lightning and stopped the game.
The teams came back on the field at 5:45 and were about to resume when another flash of lightning stopped play for good. The South Suburban Conference rules allow for a game to resume from the point it was suspended. No make-up date has been set.
"Safety first," South coach Matt Tiffy said as the rain started to fall on Bill Anderson Field. "Lightning, the forecast is calling for rain. You can't take chances."
Rebels starter Dan Lindich was coming off back-to-back five-inning no-hitters, a la Johnny Vander Meer. He gave up a hit to the second batter he faced, but shrugged it off.
"It kind of did take the pressure off," Lindich said. "It's too bad the weather is like it is, because I felt strong out there and had a lot of confidence."
He said even after the delay, he felt as if he could have gone out and had a good game.
"My arm is fine and it really wasn't that much of a delay," Lindich said. "We are playing with a lot of momentum and confidence, and we haven't had a chance to play this week and it doesn't look much better the rest of the week."
After Oak Forest's Brian Richard singled, Dan Hlad hit into an inning-ending double play. The Bengals had their leadoff baserunner reach on an error in the top of the second and he went to second on a balk, but Lindich got the next three hitters to fly out.
South threatened in the first as leadoff man Steve Stubitsch singled and was sacrificed over by Lou Reynolds. Brian Seymour singled and Stubitsch went to third, but the Rebels could not take advantage.