False start: Playoff continues today

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HOOSICK, N.Y. -- Starting the game as the rain came down, the Hoosick Falls Central School baseball team now has to wait another day to finish its Class B quarterfinal matchup against Voorheesville.

The teams got through one inning, but with one out and a man on first base in the top of the second, umps stopped the game after hearing thunder from nearby storms.

Waiting out most of the requisite 30-minute stoppage before the suspension, the teams came to an agreement to pick up today at 11:30 a.m. at Hoosick Falls.

"It's a Section II rule when play is suspended, you pick up right at the point where you left off," said Hoosick Falls coach Mike Lilac.

Within an hour of the game being suspended, the weather turned to sunshine, leading to a bit of frustration for players and coaches alike. But Lilac said the umpires made the correct call.

"There was some concern about a tornado warning, but it wasn't here," Lilac said.

Wyatt Whitman started for the Panthers, throwing 36 pitches over 1 1/3 innings. For the Blackbirds, Kristian Singh started, pitching an inning.

Lilac said his lineup would be the same today as Thursday.

"It's a lot less inconvienent for us, they have to come back tomorrow," Lilac said. "They had some momentum, scoring the first run, we just have to regroup."

The winner of today's contest will move on to Saturday's semifinal at Veterans Park in Saratoga, where they'll face either No. 2 Chatham or No. 7 Mechanicville.


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