TEMPLE CITY- Coming in to their matchup Tuesday night, both the Pasadena American and Upland National 9- and 10-year-old all-star baseball teams had one loss in the double-elimination Division III Tournament, so one of the teams figured to have their postseason brought to a close by the end of the evening.
However, both teams will be playing on Wednesday as a lack of electricity to power the lights at the Temple City American Little League field at Live Oak Park caused the game to be suspended after three innings, with Pasadena American up, 6-0.
“Edison had a planned power outage in this area to do necessary repairs and testing,” Little League District Administrator Milan Mrakich said shortly after sunset at 7:58 p.m. when play was halted. “They told us the power would be on by 7 p.m., so we started the game on time, believing Edison would have the power on. We’ve just been notified by Edison that the power will not be on until 3 a.m.”
It was ruled that the teams will resume the game where they left off, at the top of the fourth inning with Pasadena American leading 6-0, beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Both teams’ pitchers are eligible to continue as if there had been no interruption.
“The pitcher of record, whoever is pitching right now, may resume tomorrow for the full extent of their eligibility as if it were today,” Mrakich said.
As a result, the championship game against Westchester, originally scheduled for Wednesday night, will be pushed to Thursday at 7 p.m. If another game is necessary after that, depending on the winner on Thursday, that game will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday.
Pasadena American put up runs in each of the three innings played, until darkness descended, halting the play. Starting pitcher Aaron Brown led off the bottom of the inning with a single, after he had retired Upland National in order in the top. Kevin Parada followed with a ground-rule double to the right-center field gap. Two batters later, Diego Montanez drove in the first run of the game with a groundout to score Brown.
Pasadena American used four hits in the second inning to score three runs. Everett Sayer and Adrian Castaneda hit singles ahead of Brown, who lined a single to the left-center field gap to drive in Greg Pavon, who had reached on a fielder’s choice. Parada then smashed a triple into the right-center field gap to score two more.
“[Upland National] is a good team. We were just hitting the ball where we weren’t hitting it yesterday, into the gaps,” Pasadena American Manager Robert Lansford said.
The Section 2 champions loaded the bases against Upland National pitcher Vincent Olagves with one out in the third inning. Ryan Pearson then hit a ground ball to the third baseman, who threw home ahead of Montanez, but catcher Arturo Molina was not standing on the plate allowing Montanez step around him for the run. Pasadena American’s final run of Tuesday’s installment of the contest came on a sacrifice fly by Katie Golbranson.