SOUTH CARTHAGE — After waiting out a rain delay of almost two hours, Gallatin’s bats thundered with two home runs in the fifth inning Wednesday nigh to run-rule the Lebanon Gold 14-4 in the District 2 minor league Little League final at Crump Paris Park.
The teams endured an hour, 45-minute delay with Gallatin leading 8-4 in the middle of the fifth inning.
When play resumed, Gallatin went deep and scored six times, giving the Sumner Countians three long balls for the night and punching their ticket to this weekend’s state tournament at Goodlettsville.
“Very disappointing,” said Lebanon manager Paul Jewell, whose Gold had two chances for the final win to the program’s first-ever minor-league state tourney berth but lost both to Gallatin. “Gallatin hadn’t been hitting that well the whole tournament. They lit it up tonight.”
Lebanon had just gotten off the deck with four scores in the top of the fifth. No sooner had the third out been recorded than the downpour hit the park.
A two-run homer off Jake Jewell launched Gallatin to a 2-0 first-inning lead. The Sumner Countians added a run in the third and blew the game open with five in the bottom of the fourth.
But RBI singles to center by Jewell and Sam Parrish, sandwiched around a two-run double by Luke Gill, cut the margin in half and gave the Gold some momentum when Mother Nature made a bid to seal the win for Gallatin.
But groundskeepers worked tirelessly to get the drenched field back into playable condition to play the last 1 ½ innings. Less than half an inning was needed.