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Southeastern, Illini Bluffs sectional semifinal halted by storms

Southeastern first baseman Shad Flesner, left, tries to snare a high throw as Illini Bluffs’ Cam Scott runs to first base during the second inning of Wednesday’s Class 1A Unity Sectional semifinal game at QU Stadium. | H-W Photo/Mat Mikesell
By Herald-Whig
Posted: May. 23, 2019 12:01 am Updated: May. 23, 2019 12:04 am

QUINCY -- Dark clouds and tornado sirens kept the Southeastern baseball team's season alive for at least one more day.

Suns coach Cyle Rigg hopes it gives his team a chance to reset before resuming Wednesday's Class 1A Unity Sectional semifinal game, which was halted in the top of the fifth inning with Southeastern trailing Illini Bluffs 8-0.

The game is scheduled to resume at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at QU Stadium. Illini Bluffs had a runner on third with no outs in the fifth inning when play was suspended.

"I don't think we have any other choice at this moment," Rigg said. "We have to, and if we don't want our season to be over, we have to do it."

A brutal first inning put Southeastern on its heels.

After starting pitcher Bishop Roberts got lead-off hitter Colton Teel to ground out, six straight Tigers reached base to build a 4-0 advantage. A throwing error to first base preceded three straight singles. After a fielder's choice resulted in everyone being safe, the third RBI single of the inning made it 4-0.

"I definitely think there was some nerves," Roberts said. "A lot of nerves."

Illini Bluffs added a run in the second when Braden Bruninga singled into the gap in right, and when the ball wasn't fielded cleanly, it allowed Cam Scott to score from first base. The Tigers scored two more in the third to make it 6-0.

Southeastern didn't collect its first hit until Shad Flesner roped a line drive into left field to lead off the bottom of the fourth. The Suns had two on with one out, but a force out at second and an obstruction call by Colby Ellis ended the frame.

"We just have to come back tomorrow and use our sticks," Roberts said. "We need to start fielding the ball, too."