CLARKSON VALLEY — There was a walk-off winner in Tuesday’s Class 5 baseball sectional between CBC and Marquette.
It was Mother Nature.
Rough weather approaching from the west prompted a postponement of the game, which was tied 1-1 heading into the bottom of the seventh,
The game will resume at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Vianney. The Cadets, the home team on the scoreboard due to a pregame coin toss, will be coming to bat with a chance to make themselves a walk-off winner.
Both starting pitchers — southpaws Ian Lohse of Marquette and Blake Leadford of CBC — were outstanding on the mound to turn the game into a pitchers' duel.
CBC put runners on base in each of the first five innings against Lohse, but they left five stranded and also lost runners on a caught stealing and a double play.
Leadford tossed 5 2/3 innings, allowing just one run.
That run for Marquette (21-8) came in the top of the third, as Collin Fisk led off with a double, moved to third on Jake Hansen’s base hit and scored on an RBI single by Hunter Miller.
CBC’s run came in the sixth against Mustangs reliever Kyle Potthoff, as Saint Louis University recruit Colin Bergmann singled, stole both second and third and came home on an infield single by Andrew Snyder.
Marquette had threatened in the top half of the sixth by putting runners at second and third with two outs, but hard-throwing CBC righty Christian Little struck out Fisk to end the threat.
Little was then ejected from the game after gesturing toward the Marquette side on his way back to the dugout following the strikeout. That left the Cadets without arguably their top pitcher and a key middle-of-the-order hitter moving forward.
The Mustangs also had a golden opportunity to retake the lead in the top of the seventh when Blake Jenkins smacked a leadoff double and promptly stole third. Marquette had three cracks to bring the go-ahead run in, but CBC reliever Eric Loomis shut the door with a strikeout, a soft liner to third and a comebacker to the mound that he took himself all the way to first.
As the Cadets were getting ready to come to bat, tornado sirens started sounding, prompting the evacuation of everyone in the stadium and the postponement of the game.
Potthoff (7-0) and Loomis (4-0) will be the pitchers of record when the game resumes.