Tech baseball cut short by lightning

Lynn Tech pitcher Jared Moore pitched 3 1/3 innings before a lightning delay Tuesday afternoon against Shawsheen. (Owen O'Rourke)

LYNN — The Lynn Tech baseball team tried to beat the rain Tuesday afternoon, but a few lightning strikes in the top of the fourth inning forced a stoppage in a game against Shawsheen Tech at Fraser Field. The game was paused with the Rams leading 5-0 with one out in the top of the fourth.

Things didn’t get off to the greatest start for the Tigers. After leadoff hitter Craig Meland reached base on a walk and advanced to second on a groundout, a passed ball that couldn’t be located by Tech catcher Serey Eang allowed Meland to come all the way around and score from second base. The next batter up, CJ Zemetres, walked and advanced to second base before getting knocked home on an RBI single from James Alagna. Two batters later, Zac Carpenter brought Alagna home with an RBI triple to deep centerfield to make it 3-0 in the top of the first.

Tech pitcher Jared Moore calmed things down from there, retiring six out of seven batters over the next two innings to keep the score at 3-0. But in the top of the fourth, Shawsheen was able to do a little more damage before the rain came.

The top of the fourth inning started with a Carpenter walk, then Carpenter advanced all the way to third base after an errant pickoff attempt by Moore. Matt Irwin promptly knocked Carpenter home with an RBI single, then two batters later Connor Rich brought Irwin home with an RBI single of his own to make it 5-0. It was at that point, with Meland up at the plate, that lightning strikes forced a delay that eventually turned into a postponement.

The game will be finished at a date and time to be determined.

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