BRISTOL - Hector Alejandroâ€™s first start of the season for the Bristol Blues was spoiled by intense weather Tuesday night as lightning and heavy rain canceled the game in the fifth inning against the Valley Blue Sox.
With the New England Collegiate Baseball Leagueâ€™s regular season ending Aug. 1, there is no time for the game to be finished so it was canceled.
The Blues entered the fifth inning with a 1-0 over the Blue Sox when the skies opened and showers started covering the field. Play continued for batters, which was long enough for Valley to tie the game with an unearned run off of an error from Bristol second baseman Tyson Cooper. The game was put in a rain delay immediately after the run scored and rain came down so quickly the whole infield was flooded before the players could get the tarp ready. Then struggling to move the tarp from the outfield to the infield because the rain made it too heavy, the players started sliding across the wet tarp for fun, which essentially signaled the game would not resume.
The tarp remained in the outfield as players continued to make the most of the rainy situation and were eventually joined by interim manager Jordie Scheiner and general manager Nick Rascati.
Bristol returns to action Wednesday on the road against the Newport Gulls.