CRYSTAL LAKE – After more than two hours and three weather-related delays, the Crystal Lake South and Prairie Ridge baseball teams hadn't settled anything.
At least officially.
The second meeting between the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division rivals this week was suspended Thursday with the Gators leading 4-1 in the bottom of the fourth inning.
The game is scheduled to resume Monday where it left off.
South led 2-0 after two innings, using Tommy Gaede's RBI groundout in the first inning and Ryan Wilkening's RBI single in the second.
Umpires stopped the game in the the top of the third inning when thunder clapped in the area, delaying the game for 30 minutes. The game was restarted only to be delayed for a second time in the inning when the thunder returned, forcing another 30-minute delay.
Prairie Ridge trimmed the lead to 2-1 on Jordan Getzelman's RBI single. The Wolves put two runners in scoring position before Gators' starter Eric Schiller got Austin Covers to fly out to end the threat.
South extended its lead to 4-1 in the home half of the fourth, using a pair of Prairie Ridge errors and a double steal to score Casey Oliver and Garrett Bright. But thunder – along with pending darkness – forced umpires to stop the game for a third time before the game could go official after 4 1/2 innings.