Saturday, Metropolis Post 306 beat not only Carrier Mills in its first round of district tournament play, but also won a major battle with Mother Nature as they were able to complete the game despite a two hour plus heat delay. The score of the game was 14-4 in favor of Metropolis. The struggle with Mother Nature was decidedly more of a tussle. With the heat index well over 100, both teams and the umpiring crew struggled with the withering conditions from the early innings until play was halted after about 45 minutes of action.
Carrier Mills drew first blood off Dylan Smith in the first inning with a single run but Post 306 countered with a big five spot in the bottom of the first. Smith, who appeared to be running on empty, gave up a third inning, three run homer and was replaced by Andrew Kirby who shut down the C/M offense for 4 and 1/3 innings allowing the 306 offense to do some serious work as they amassed 14 runs in their six at bats.
The game was halted for a little more than two hours due to the heat and complications suffered by a couple of players and an umpire. When the replacement ump arrived, play was resumed and Post 306 was able to shorten the game by taking a 10 run lead after seven innings.
With Kirby handcuffing the C/M bats, Matt Douglas and the boys went to work on offense and cranked out some serious numbers. Douglas led 306 with a 3 for 4 day with a homerun and a couple of RBI. Zac Henry and Tyler Brant also had three hit days for 306. Stephen Messmer and Kirby chipped in a pair of hits apiece and Cody Davis had a very productive 1 for 4 day as he knocked in three runs.
Post 306 continued play this week against Albion Monday night with the district champion being crowned Wednesday night. The division championship will be hosted by Metropolis beginning next week. Games will begin Monday morning at 11 a.m. with the third game beginning at 6 p.m. Division play will run Monday through Friday night’s championship game. Post 306’ junior team will see district tournament action this weekend as they compete in the Steeleville district tournament.