King, Rogersville forced to play waiting game

King, Rogersville forced to play waiting game

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King, Rogersville forced to play waiting game

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O’FALLON

Justin King thought Friday might be his last time toeing the rubber in a meaningful baseball game.

He might have one more day.

The senior ace for Rogersville said he’s likely not going to play college baseball, but he could return to the mound today for the resumption of a Class 4 state baseball semifinal against Westminster Christian.

The game was suspended with the teams tied 1-all in the third inning. The semifinal will resume at 10:30 a.m. today, followed by the Boonville vs. Oak Grove semifinal at 12:30 p.m. The third-place game is scheduled for 10 a.m. Sunday, with the championship game at 12:30 p.m.

King allowed the first two batters to reach base, then retired eight straight before allowing a walk. That is when the teams were called off the field with severe weather headed to the O’Fallon area.

He threw 40 pitches on Friday, and Rogersville coach Casey Ledl did not know after the suspension of play if King would return to the mound today.

“We just got to do the best we can and make the right decisions tonight,” Ledle said. “(Westminster is) in the same boat. It’s going to be decision time, and it will probably be more of a chess match and fun (today).

“We’ll make that decision (Friday night). I know he’ll be … wanting to go, but we’ll make that decision.”

Westminster scored in the first inning as Brett Bond scored Kyle Kinner on a groundout.

Then, Rogersville responded when King hit into a fielder’s choice, plating Bailey Jenkins.

The winner of the semifinal will play the winner of the Boonville/Oak Grove game.

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