A mere 25 hours after the Centreville and Herndon took the field in their Concorde District quarterfinal game, the third-seeded Wildcats prevailed, 5-1, after turning a game-ending double play.
No. 6 seed Herndonís season came to an end Wednesday.
A barrage of lightning halted the contest in the top of the fourth inning Tuesday, and the accompanying raindrops necessitated the game's suspension until Wednesday with the Wildcats ahead, 2-0.
"It's tough to come back the next day. You're in the zone, you've got your starter on the mound," said Centreville coach Morgan Spencer about how he handled the delay.
"We had to mess with the pitching lineup and get re-focused again. I would've liked to get it done in one day, but Mother Nature wouldn't allow that."
Starting pitchers Mitch Ferrick and Addison Wright were excused from mound duties on Wednesday. Carson Bach replaced Ferrick for Centreville; Zach Wallace came on for Wright.
"Over the past couple weeks Zach has really been perhaps our best pitcher, so we felt real comfortable with him," Herndon coach Greg Miller said.
Miller indicated Wright, who'd thrown about 50 pitches on Tuesday, was available to pitch Wednesday if needed.
The daylong layover didn't have any negative effect on the bat of Centrevilleís Chris Simpson. After opening up the game with a two-run double Tuesday, the senior outfielder tacked on a sixth-inning, run-scoring double Wednesday.
"Two clutch hits for him," Spencer said.
C.J. Evans drove Simpson home with a triple, then scored on an attempted squeeze play in which Bret Fite missed the bunt, but Herndon catcher Austin Schnarrs mishandled the catch as Evans slid safely home.
Bach picked up the win, allowing an unearned run in his four innings of work. Wright took the loss.
Centreville had nine hits, while Herndon notched four.
"A win's a win and we'll take it. Herndon's scrappy and hats off to them for fighting," Spencer said.
The Wildcats advance to take on second-seeded Robinson in the semifinal round Friday night at Westfield High School. Spencer said right-handed senior Mitch Mahoney will start against the Rams.
The season ends for the Hornets, which tore out of the gate 8-0 but won just one of their last 10.
"Our downfall has really been not swinging it at the right times. We had probably nine guys on fire at the start of the season but a lot of guys got a little bit cold," Miller said. "That's baseball.
"I could probably coach for 20 years and I don't know if I'd have another senior class like these guys, as far as their class and their work ethic,"he added. "It's been fun and a privilege to coach these kids. Our program and our community will miss these guys."