By Jordan Kroeger, SunCoast Sports
ENGLEWOOD — Will Lemon Bay ever play a game again?
Following a 12-day layoff, the Manta Rays were hoping to finally take the field again Tuesday night for a Region 5A-3 semifinal against Lake Placid.
Instead, they’ll have to wait at least another night.
After a nearly two-hour weather delay that saw rain and lightning, Lemon Bay’s game against Lake Placid was postponed until Wednesday night. First pitch is set for 7 p.m., with the winner going on to face Hardee in next Tuesday’s regional final.
Rain and lightning cleared around 8:25 p.m., allowing players to take the field for warmups. It looked as if the teams would play, but infield conditions proved to be too wet to deem the field playable.
As the grounds crew prepped the field to play, Lake Placid coach Harry Tewksbury held a long discussion with Lemon Bay coach Casey Hanrahan near third base, which had a puddle near it after the tarp was removed. The coaches examined the patch of dirt for awhile before deciding to postpone the game around 8:45 p.m.
Trey Fields was listed on the lineup card as Lemon Bay’s starting pitcher while Sam Callahan was slated to start for Lake Placid.