The Jacksonville Indians and the Kilgore Bulldogs were able to complete four and a half innings of their baseball game at Summers Norman Field Tuesday night, but then the thunder, lightning, wind and rain came, clearing the field, the dugouts and the stands with the Bulldogs leading 8-4.

The game was postponed until 5 p.m. today when Kilgore will return to Summers Norman Field to face Jacksonville.

The Bulldogs were able to score five runs in the fourth and two-thirds of the fifth to recover from a 4-1 deficit.

Jacksonville jumped on Kilgore starting pitcher Austin Honeycutt for four runs in the bottom of the first inning. Dallas Black got the Indians going with a walk and a stolen base. Black scored from second base when Frankie Almanderez singled to give Jacksonville a 1-0 lead.

Almanderez was forced out at second base when Johnny Markasky grounded into a fielder’s choice to give the Indians two outs and a runner on first. Zach Vinning followed Markasky with a single to put Jacksonville runners at first and second base. Carlos Sturrock singled to drive in the second run of the inning, giving the Indians a 2-0 lead.

Blake Roddy struck the final blow of the inning when he drove in two runs with a two-out single to give Jacksonville a 4-0 lead. The inning ended one batter later when Ryan Dyess grounded out to the pitcher.

Kilgore, which scored a run in the first inning, pulled within one run of Jacksonville after scoring two runs in the second inning, making the score 4-3.

Both teams were unable to score in the third, but the Bulldogs pulled ahead in the top of the fourth inning with three runs to make the score 6-4.

Kilgore’s Jaron Shepherd opened the fourth inning with a walk and scored on a one-out double by Kyle Shipp. Jacksonville starting pitcher Cody Lusk struck out Shay Calico, but a passed ball allowed him to reach first base safely and moved Shipp to third. Lusk recorded his second strikeout of the inning one batter later, but he could not get out of the inning before both runners came home on an error.

The Indians were unable to respond in the bottom half of the fourth inning. Jeremy Canady drew a two-out walk to get something going for Jacksonville, but he was thrown out at second base attempting to steal four pitches later.

The Bulldogs sent six batters to the plate in the top of the fifth and added two runs on a two-run home run by Shepherd before the game was postponed, with two outs, due to severe weather.

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