BANGOR, Maine — The American Legion Zone 1 baseball tournament got under way late Wednesday afternoon at the Winkin Complex on the campus of Husson University.
Then it stopped, courtesy of Mother Nature in the form of a cold front that swept through the region with a combination of thunder, lightning and rain.
So third-ranked Brewer will take a 6-1 lead over No. 2 Trenton into the bottom of the seventh inning when that suspended first game of the four-team, double-elimination event resumes at 4 p.m. Thursday.
That will be followed by the second first-round game originally scheduled for Wednesday, matching top-ranked Bangor (16-2) and No. 5 Motor City of Bangor (8-11), which now will be played at 7 p.m. Thursday.
The first elimination game and a winners’ bracket game will follow at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, with that second contest determining the first of two Zone 1 teams to qualify for the state tournament that runs from July 30 through Aug. 3, also at the Winkin Complex.
Saturday’s schedule will have just one Zone 1 tournament game, an elimination battle of the two remaining one-loss teams at 7 p.m. to determine the zone’s second state tournament qualifier.
That contest will be preceded earlier Saturday by two previously scheduled state tournament play-in games featuring runner-up teams from each of the state’s other four zones.
The play-in doubleheader will begin at 10 a.m. when Zone 2 runner-up Franklin County of Farmington faces Zone 3 runner-up Saco & Biddeford Savings of Westbrook, followed by a 3 p.m. clash between Zone 3 runner-up Bessey Motors of South Paris and the Zone 5 runner-up, either Post 188 of Eliot or Fayette-Staples of Saco.
The Zone 1 tournament will conclude Sunday with a championship round of either one or two games beginning at 1 p.m., with an if-necessary contest slated for 4 p.m.
Brewer reached Trenton starter Gage Feeney for one run in the top of the first inning of Wednesday’s opener, then added three runs in the second to build a 4-0 lead.
Trenton, which had defeated Brewer in two of three regular-season meetings to earn the higher seed after both finished the regular season with 13-5 records, answered with a single run in the bottom of the second to draw within 4-1.
But the Acadians managed nothing else against Brewer pitcher Kyle Alexander, who allowed just three hits while striking out seven batters and walking one in his six innings of work.
An RBI single by Brendan Moore extended Brewer’s lead to 5-1 in the fourth, and the Falcons added another run on three hits off Trenton reliever Steven Hanscome in the top of the sixth.
The game then was halted, originally due to lightning, with no one out and a runner aboard in the top of the seventh.
That delay lasted 1 hour, 45 minutes before play resumed, but as the intensity of the steady rain increased the game was suspended at the end of that half inning after the umpires ruled that the pitching mound — the only area of the artificial-surface playing field made of dirt — had become unplayable.
Moore and Jeff Weeks each had three singles to pace Brewer’s 10-hit offense, while Chase Allen singled twice and scored twice for coach Darrell Pluard’s Falcons and Matt Pushard added a double.
Joe Archambault, Jon Phelps and Hank Vinall each singled for Trenton
Brewer (13-5) 130 101 0 — 6 10 0
Trenton (13-5) 010 000 – — 1 3 4
Alexander and DeRedin; Feeney, Hanscome (5), Paola (7) and Collins