By Lori Lyons, Rougarou Writer
The Baton Rouge Rougarou were ready to battle the Victoria Generals into extra innings Tuesday night at Goldsby Field when things took a strange turn.
With the game tied 5-5 with one out in the top of the 10th inning, three of the field’s light poles inexplicably went out, plunging the players and spectators into near darkness. After considering suspending the game until Wednesday, officials ultimately decided to call the game complete and allow the game to stand as a 9-inning tie. The teams will play the again Wednesday at 7 p.m.
The Rougarou, who had just returned home to Baton Rouge following a 5-game road trip, seemed to have things under control early in the game. After giving up a run in the top of the first, the Roux rallied to score two runs in the third inning when Reed Eason singled, Brennan Holt doubled and Cameron Yadon drove them both home with a single.
Baton Rouge increased its lead to 3-1 in the fourth inning after J.T. Taylor led off with a walk and Brennan Lambert doubled.
The Rougarou posted two more runs in the bottom of the fifth thanks to a Holt single, a sacrifice fly by Lane Hutchinson and Elliot Hebert’s second home run of the season.
The Generals were trailing 5-1 until the top of the eighth inning when the first two batters walked and the next batter singled to set the table for Angel Mendoza’s grand slam, which tied the game at 5-5.
The Rougarou retired the Generals in order in the top of the ninth but left a runner stranded at second in the bottom of the inning to send the game into extra innings — briefly.
By rule, the Generals sent a runner to second base and the first batter was hit by a pitch. The Rougarou had just recorded the first out when the lights went out.