Thanks to Mother Nature, the Falcons had to break that date. At least for one night.
The drenching thunderstorm that hit the area Thursday evening forced the postponement of the District Three Class AAAA title game between Crest and South Western slated for Metro Bank Park, home of the Eastern League's Harrisburg Senators.
The contest was rescheduled for Friday at noon at Hershey High School's Memorial Field. The Falcons, the No. 2 seed, will bring a record of 20-5 into the meeting. South Western is seeded fifth and seeking its first district baseball championship.
The Falcons and Mustangs both arrived at the park ready for the scheduled 6:30 p.m. start, but shortly after the conclusion of the Class A title game between Berks Christian and Camp Hill (won by Berks Christian 4-1), the storm rolled through, ending any hopes of the game being played.
Tyler Reed was the scheduled starting pitcher for Cedar Crest, while South Western was planning to counter with Kurt Seiders. Third baseman Kyle Redinger was not in the starting lineup turned in by head coach Chris Groff.
Redinger is in Texas working out for the Houston Astros in advance of next week's Major League Baseball amateur draft. His status for today's game is unknown, but Groff noted that Thursday's scheduled starter at third, Daulton Ritter, is expected to again be in the lineup.