The Stevens Point Area Senior High baseball team will have to wait a couple days to take care of some unfinished business.
SPASH, ranked sixth in the most recent Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association poll, was leading Eau Claire North 4-0 in the top of the fifth inning of their WIAA Division 1 sectional semifinal contest at Witter Field on Tuesday, when action was suspended due to inclement weather.
The tentative plan calls for the SPASH-North game to resume at approximately 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Witter Field, with the Huskies at the plate in the top of the fifth.
Meanwhile, the second semifinal game pitting Eau Claire Memorial against Hudson may be moved to either Memorial Field in Plover or Bukolt Park in Stevens Point starting at 10 a.m., according to Wisconsin Rapids High School officials.
The sectional championship game will take place at 1 p.m. Thursday at Witter Field.
“It looked like there wasn’t going to be a break in the weather,” SPASH coach Kraig Terpstra said of the decision to suspend the game. “I would like to have gotten three more outs (to make the game official), but things were pretty bad even when we started the fifth.
“Personally, I didn’t want it to be a situation with a wet field where we get hurried along to get it in rather than decide it on the field when, with the magnitude of the game, all the conditions are right.”
North will have runners of first and second base with no outs when the game resumes.
Panthers starting pitcher Cal Giese was cruising along with a no-hitter through four innings, with three strikeouts and a walk, before Cody Tisdale opened the top of the fifth with a sharp single to right field. He walked the next batter, before umpires pulled the teams off the field.
Whether Giese will physically be able to return to the mound Thursday and finish what he started has not been determined.
“We’ll see how his body and arm reacts tomorrow,” Terpstra said. “Technically, he’ll have two innings left for seven innings in a three-day span.”
SPASH got off to a quick start scoring a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning on Sterling King’s two-run double to plate Kevin Slezak, who walked with one out, and pinch-runner Mike Froehlich.
King doubled again in the third inning to score Slezak, who walked, stole second and moved to third on a balk. Eric Zelhofer then picked up an RBI with a bases loaded walk to in the bottom of the fourth to give the Panthers a 4-0 cushion.
“I thought we were playing very well. We were sharp at the plate, and got a couple big hits from King,” Terpstra said. “It is what it is. We were able to play well today and there is no reason we can’t play well Thursday.”