DANDRIDGE — Blame it on the rain. That’s about the only thing that slowed down Morristown’s offense on Saturday.
After falling behind 3-0 in the first inning, the Morristown 9-10 Baseball All-Stars rallied and have since scored 13 straight runs.
With only one out and two runners on base in the third inning, Morristown held a commanding 13-3 lead looking to potentially end the game via run rule if it could score five more runs in the third or hold Smoky Mountain scoreless in the fourth.
But before Morristown got the chance, a heavy rain soaked the Field of Dreams at Grace Shrader Park, forcing the game to be suspended until this afternoon.
Start time is set for 1:30 p.m., and a victory would send Morristown into Monday’s winners bracket game against South Jefferson — which rallied from a 4-0 deficit to win in walk-off fashion over Greeneville 7-6 in Saturday’s opening game.
Cleanup batter Sutton Smith had drawn a walk to put two runners on for Morristown just before the rains came. Smith was one of seven Morristown batters with at least one hit, and he scored on a wild pitch for Morristown’s first run.
Logan Long, currently 2-for-2 with three RBIs, then delivered a two-run triple to right field and was able to score on a throwing error as Morristown took a 4-3 lead to the second inning.
His very next at-bat, Long smacked another triple to right-center field for a 9-3 lead before scoring on Hudson Morrison’s RBI groundout to make it 10-3 after two.
Urijah Marsingill, Ethan Maples and Hayden Wild have each knocked two hits through three innings of baseball, and Marsingill’s base hit in the second inning allowed Noah Smith to score thanks to a high throw at first base.
After a double by Maples, Wild sent Marsingill home with a ground-ball single before another throwing error allowed Maples to score for a 7-3 lead.
Anderson Fowler and Austin Grooms led off the third with consecutive base hits, and each scored on a wild pitch before Wild ripped an RBI double down the left-field line for Morristown’s current 10-run cushion.
Bryson Whaley got the start and struck out two in 1.2 innings, with Morrison coming on in relief and striking out a pair before Fowler took the mound and recorded the final two outs of the third.
Aiden Butler drilled a two-run home run to center and Brody Hudson plated on a passed ball to give Smoky Mountain an early 3-0 lead.