Game called in fifth inning, but Mesa Ridge escapes with rainy win over TCA

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On a miserable day for baseball - cloudy, windy, rainy - Mesa Ridge defeated The Classical Academy 6-3 in a game that was called in the top of the fifth due to weather.

The game will stand as a Grizzlies win, TCA athletic director Gary Geiger confirmed.

The rainout was not an outcome either team wanted, though it proves extremely beneficial for the Grizzlies (5-8, 4-0 4A Colorado Springs Metro League), who remain undefeated in league play.

"We did not want to end the game that way," Mesa Ridge coach John Bishop said. "It's a huge game in conference. ... We pitched through it, they pitched through it. Then the weather just got crazy."

The Grizzlies took a 2-0 lead in the second inning on two unearned runs when TCA infielders committed errors on two infield grounders that would have gotten the Titans (5-9, 3-2) out of the inning unscathed.

Several errors in the top of the fourth helped put the Grizzlies up 6-1, boosted by a bases-clearing single from Jaeden Hegmann.

"I was proud of our guys, they battled through it, didn't complain," Bishop said.

The Titans answered in the bottom of the inning, as John Bull drove in two runs on a single, cutting the gap to 6-3.

Mesa Ridge reliever Marley Machin stepped in and induced a fielder's choice three pitches later to end the inning.

Mesa Ridge sent two batters to the plate in the top of the fifth before umpires called the game, as rain, which had fallen lightly off and on throughout, turned to a downpour.

TCA interim coach Bart Jennings liked the way the Titans were trying to rally and had hoped the game could be continued at a later date.

"This could be a game, if we go to Canon City and win that one, that could determine who the (league) champion is," Jennings said. "That would send us to the playoffs. I don't want to bypass that. ... It hurts if that's the way we're going to leave this."