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Rock Hill-Fort Mill American Legion ballgame suspended by lightning

Fort Mill American Legion Post 43's Justin Tepper slides home ahead of Rock Hill Post 34 catcher Devante Hayden, bringing the score to 5-0 Fort Mill in the third inning.
Fort Mill American Legion Post 43's Justin Tepper slides home ahead of Rock Hill Post 34 catcher Devante Hayden, bringing the score to 5-0 Fort Mill in the third inning.

Fort Mill and Rock Hill’s American Legion baseball outfits will have to wait until another day to discern which side is better.

Fort Mill Post 43 led 5-0 in the top of the fourth inning Thursday night at South Pointe when the stadium lights shut off. Storms brewing in the area flicked lightning across the sky prompting several delays, the last of which sent players, coaches, umpires and fans headed to their houses for good.

Rock Hill Post 34 head honcho Buck Schwing wasn’t sure if the game would be started over when it was attempted again, or if the action would be picked up from where it left off.

Fort Mill’s Clay Hunt opened the scoring, displaying easy power to send the ball over the left field fence for a two-run homer in the top of the first.

Fort Mill’s advantage grew to 5-0 in the top of the third when Hunter Swanson got aboard with two outs because of an error. Post 43 seized upon the chance to rally, Hunt getting on with an intentional walk, before a Justin Tepper single scored Swanson. Mason Jordan brought in the other two runners with a double to the right field fence to make it 5-0.

Then lightning struck. Both teams players frolicked around the field to stave off boredom, the two sides convening on the pitcher’s mound at one point for a game of paper-rock-scissors. That was the last competitive action of the night, though. No word yet on a makeup date.

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