KANNAPOLIS – In the second game of Sunday’s home-and-home, day-night Senior American Legion baseball doubleheader between Kannapolis Post 115 and Concord Post 51, the early question was which show of natural force was more impressive: the velocity at which Larken Lancaster’s home run cleared the fence in the top of the third inning or the severe wind and rain that followed only a few minutes later.
Both displays of power blew toward the left-field foul pole, but only one of them – and you can guess which one – suspended the game. Lancaster’s homer was only destructive to the narrow lead Kannapolis held and helped Concord take a 2-1 advantage into the bottom of the third when the game was called.
The teams will reconvene at Northwest Cabarrus High on Wednesday at 6 p.m., and Area III officials told the teams that the game will start over, rather than pick up where it left off.
In the nightcap, just like it did in Sunday’s afternoon game at Concord’s home field at Mount Pleasant High, Kannapolis took a first inning 1-0 lead.
Concord starting pitcher Maven Parker struck out the first two batters, but Kannapolis center fielder Chase Orrock dropped an opposite-field double inside the right-field line. Bryson Bebber followed with a line-drive single to center field.
The ball took a big hop toward Concord center fielder Adam Wilkerson. His throw to the plate was on time but a tad up the third-base line. Orrock narrowly avoided catcher James Belles’ tag by sliding on the pitcher’s mound side of the line.
After Lancaster’s homer off Kannapolis starter Jack Robinson tied the game, Concord second baseman Ray Beaver followed by pulling a single to right. Jose Vargas bunted him to second, and Beaver advanced to third on a wild pitch with Brett Laws at the plate. Laws’ sacrifice fly to center easily scored Beaver.
The first sight of lightning appeared at 7:34 p.m., and the heavy rain began falling three minutes later. Within 20 minutes, the sun tried to reclaim its place in the sky, creating a full rainbow beyond left field that stretched from the school to the campus’ football stadium.