It would take an hour long weather delay and change of venue, but Petrolia advanced past the area round in the state baseball playoffs Friday night, defeating Ranger in a two-game series.
With Petrolia leading the series 1-0, Friday’s 5 p.m. match in Mineral Wells got underway as usual, only to stop for a one-hour weather delay during which the field was pommeled with marble-size hail. The two team got on their buses and headed north to Jacksboro.
The game resumed at 9:30 p.m., and Petrolia’s bats came alive. The Pirates scored six runs in the seventh to seal the area title. The game at 11:15 p.m., more than six hours after the first pitch was thrown.
16 errors were committed.
Reliever Jace Taylor earned the win on the mound, and led the Pirates at the plate with three hits and three runs.
Petrolia defeated Ranger 7-0 in game one.
Friday, May 11, Petrolia faces Gorman in Jacksboro for the area title. Game time is set for 7 p.m.