Tampa all-stars wait out delay

Published August 8, 2006

Rain delayed the final pool-play game for the Tampa all-stars Monday, forcing their Colt World Series game against Bay County, Mich., late into Monday night at Lafayette, Ind.

A win would send Tampa into the semifinals, scheduled for 5 p.m. today.

"Solid all-around defense by the entire team and consistent pitching got us to where we are right now," head coach Robbie Chavis said of his 2-1 club. "We need to get better results from our hitting if we are going to win against the tough competition here. Hopefully, our bats will get hot tonight and for the balance of the tournament."

Vinny Lally and Eric Doty recorded victories on the mound in pool play.

Lally, 16, a Wharton High pitcher, shut out Hoosier North 10-0 in the first game. Doty, a Gaither High pitcher, won the 2-1 nail-biter against Puerto Rico on Sunday.

Tampa trailed Puerto Rico in the fifth inning, when Arron Baross doubled to center with two outs to drive in two runs.

"The rain today soaked the field, which put the entire tournament late," Chavis said. "They have a large tarp here, but it was set up during the rain, which left the field soaked underneath it.

"So far our kids are doing what they have to do. Hopefully, we will be in the semis."