Thunderstorm Can't Dampen Northwest’s Thrilling Comeback to Win Regional Championship
After trailing Blair by two runs for most of Friday’s 4A West Regional Final game, the Jaguars baseball team had Blair right where they wanted them. The Jags had men on second and third bases, one out, and momentum on their side in the bottom of the 7th inning. The Jags were poised for a walk-off win — and it all came to a crashing, wet and wild stop as a severe thunderstorm rolled through the Germantown area.
The umpires called a halt to the game as the storm bared down Northwest High School. As players huddled in the dugouts, spectators sprinted for their cars, and a small group parents huddled under portable canopies (set up to provide shade on the 94-degree day), the skies opened up, and the rain poured down on the field. After 10 minutes the continuation of the game became doubtful. After 20 minutes, the base paths became canals, and the in-field became Mudville. After 30 minutes, there was no joy in Mudville as everyone knew the game would not continue, and the Jags would not complete their comeback Friday night as the storm dropped 1.34 inches of rain on Germantown.
Before the rains came, the game had been a nail-biter, scoreless through the first three innings, until Blair scored two in the top of the fourth. The Jags’ starter senior Zach Greber was solid, retiring all but two batters over the first three innings.