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May 27, 2014

WL Central and WL Northern baseball game put on hold in fourth inning, will resume Wednesday

By Mike Moore
C & G Sports Writer

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Walled Lake Northern's Michael Murray, 9, slides into second a moment too late as Walled Lake Central second baseman Zach Kallgren throws the ball to first. The district opener resumes Wednesday afternoon.

WALLED LAKE — After a regular season of weather delays, postponements and headaches, why wouldn’t the playoffs start the exact same way?

The Walled Lake Central and Walled Lake Northern baseball team officially kicked off the Division 1 tournament at Walled Lake Western on Tuesday afternoon.

The teams will finish the opening-round game on Wednesday after rain forced the 24-hour delay.

“You just have to approach it like any other game, now,” Central coach Mike Roffi said. “Both teams we’ll have to be business like, and come out and try and find a way to get a win tomorrow.”

Central jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the third when Kevin O’Malley ripped a two-run double.

But Northern bounced right back in the bottom half of the inning.

Corey Williams drilled a two-run home run to tie the game, and moments later Brian Williams doubled and eventually scored on an error to go up 3-2.

Central was batting with two outs in the top of the fourth when the rain started, and wouldn’t let up.

“It’s been a well-played game so far,” Roffi said. “Both teams are paying hard. I think it will come down to whoever can limit the other more.”

The game will resume with Central batting with two outs in the top of the fourth at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

The game’s winner advances to a 10 a.m. May 31 semifinal against Brighton High.

In other baseball playoff action
In a D-1 pre-district at Beverly Hills Groves, Birmingham Brother Rice and West Bloomfield High were also postponed in the bottom of the fourth.

The game resumes tomorrow at 3 p.m. with West Bloomfield ahead 4-3.

Waterford Kettering upset Lake Orion High 1-0.

Kettering pitcher Avery Dudek tossed a complete game two-hitter for the win.

In the Farmington High district, Novi Detroit Catholic Central beat Farmington Hills Harrison 4-2.