Thanks to lightning delays/early deadlines, the Flanagan-Douglas 6A regional quarterfinal couldn't make Wednesday's Herald.
That's a shame.
Because Flanagan's 4-3, last-inning win was something to see (at least according to the coach's description).
Before lightning struck (read: before this writer had to leave in order to file a story from an earlier game, Archbishop McCarthy-Key West), Douglas was leading 3-0 after a fluky first inning in which a couple of dribblers turned into big hits. But Falcons starter R.J. Fondon had calmed down (he retired 10 in a row at one point), matching equally effective Douglas pitcher Stephen Colangelo.
Then the sky lit up, the game stopped...and the fortunes of two teams, apparently, changed.
When play resumed (in the top of the fifth), the Eagles had runners on first and second with one out. Fondon walked the next batter to load the bases. Then Corey Witkowski came in, got the force at home and a flyout to end the inning (he would strike out four of his next five batters).
In the bottom of the sixth, outfielder Zach Jackson -- a strikeout victim in his first two trips -- tripled. Rolando Gomez knocked him in on a groundout (he reached on an error, actually) to give the Falcons their first run.
But that was just the beginning for Jackson, for the Falcons -- and for Gomez. First, Jackson drew a bases-loaded walk in the seventh to make it 3-2. Then came Gomez (profiled a bit here), who launched a two-run double off the left field wall to end it.
"Right person, right spot, all year," assistant coach Joe Chacko said.
Flanagan (20-7) faces Taravella on Friday. Here's hoping that game doesn't get delayed.
--Patrick Dorsey (e-mail)