Hazard and Simon Kenton had a great game going in the quarterfinals of the Rawlings/KHSAA State Baseball Tournament at Whitaker Bank Ballpark Wednesday night.
Then Mother Nature balked at the proceedings.
Simon Kenton was batting with two outs in the bottom of the seventh of a scoreless tie when lightning forced a halt in play.
Thirty minutes later, a storm packing heavy rain and lots of lightning arrived, and officials decided to call it quits for the night.
Hazard and Simon Kenton will resume their game Thursday at noon. Wednesday's second quarterfinal between South Laurel and South Warren was pushed back to Thursday at 1:30 p.m.
Thursday's regularly scheduled quarterfinals double-header — North Bullitt vs. Conner, and Johnson Central vs. St. Xavier — will start at 6.
Hazard starting pitcher Ryan Smith was superb. He gave up only four hits and had eight strikeouts. Under pitching rules, Smith won't be able to finish Thursday what he started Wednesday.
Simon Kenton starter Robert Smith worked the first six innings before being lifted after giving up a lead-off hit in the seventh. He surrendered four hits and had four strikeouts before giving way to Sean Lawrence in relief.
The Hazard-Simon Kenton game was supposed to start at 6 p.m. Wednesday night, but a lightning delay pushed the first pitch back to 6:52.
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