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Baseball: Sanger's series opener delayed by lightning

ARGYLE -- Sanger is three outs away from sealing an early lead against Decatur in its Class 4A Region II quarterfinal series but will have to wait until Friday night to finish the job.

Lightning in the area forced officials to suspend Thursday's Game 1 shortly before 9:30 p.m. The seventh inning had just started, and Sanger had a runner on with no outs looking to build on a 3-1 lead. Indians coach Steve Ford said the plan is to resume the game at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Game 2, which was originally set for 7:30 p.m., will follow.

"Anything can happen," Ford said. "It will come down to which team can handle the adversity. That is something we coach and teach hard every day. The waiting part doesn't bother us."

Sanger (21-9-3) took the lead in the top of the fourth when Brock Howard laced a triple off the wall in left-center field. The Indians tacked on another run two batters later. 

Decatur (24-9) seemingly came in with the upper hand with ace Bryce Elder on the hill. Elder was coming off back-to-back no-hitters, and despite giving up a double to the second batter of the game, he breezed through the first two innings unscathed.  

But with his team leading 1-0, Elder watched as his defense committed two errors in a row to open the top of the third. That allowed Sanger to tie the game and build some momentum.

Also helping Sanger's cause was its own pitcher. Zane Walden gave up five hits while striking out four in four innings of work. He was replaced to start the bottom of the fifth by Julien Ly, who until the game was called in the seventh hadn't given up a hit while allowing two base runners.

STEVE GAMEL can be reached at 940-566-6869 and via Twitter at @NewspaperSteve.