MOULTRIE — When the lightning detector at Packer Park went off for the second time and the weather map showed in-coming rain, the Colquitt County-Chiles baseball game was called off with the Packers batting in the bottom of the fourth and trailing 5-0.
It will not be considered a completed game.
The game had also been halted after the bottom of the first inning and delayed for 48 minutes.
With rain imminent, the Timberwolves climbed aboard their bus and headed back to Tallahassee.
The Packers, still 1-7 overall will try to get their first Region 1-AAAAAA win when they travel to Leesburg to meet Lee County at 7 tonight.
Packers coach Tony Kirkland said he will send senior right-hander John Baker to the mound to start against the Trojans.
“He’s been our most consistent guy,” Kirkland said. “Every time he has gone out there, he has competed his butt off.”
Baker is 0-1, but with a team-best 2.62 ERA. He leads the Packers in appearances in with four and in innings pitched with 10.2.
The Packers had started the bottom of the fourth by getting an infield hit by Ryan Pipkin. Kodi Bishop followed by drawing a base on balls.
Both runners moved up on a wild pitch before Beau Dalton took a called third strike.
As Jay Saunders was stepping to the plate, the lighting detector sounded and within minutes heavy rain began to fall.
Kirkland continues to be frustrated with his team’s offense.
The Packers had 12 fly outs in the loss to Tift County on Tuesday and worked Wednesday on hitting the line drives or ground balls.
But four of the first five outs against Chiles right-hander Harry Francis on Thursday were on fly balls.
Kirkland was pleased with the pitching of sophomore Buck Blalock, who went the first two innings and gave up two runs and three hits.
Although he hit a batter, he did not issue a walk.
“We are just trying to find some little things to build on right now,” said Kirkland