NEW ENTERPRISE - The top-seed Northern Bedford County Panthers didn't get the start they had hoped for to their District 5 class A quarterfinal matchup against the eighth- seeded McConnellsburg Spartans on Wednesday.
Once the top of the fifth started, Mother Nature shortly thereafter intervened as rain fell lightly and then only got stronger giving the Panthers a chance to collect themselves.
The Panthers will be fighting for their postseason lives today as they will continue their game with the visiting Spartans. The game was suspended in the top of the fifth with McConnellsburg leading 5-1 at Replogle Field.
The top of the second inning was just the beginning of the Panthers' woes. Starting pitcher Eric Grace managed to allow four runs in the inning to fall behind McConnellsburg, 4-0.
Grace finished the day pitching 2 1/3 innings, giving up five runs on three hits and walking three, leaving the Panthers down 5-0 when Logan Fluke was brought in.
The Panthers managed to get on the board as Garrett England smacked an RBI single, which scored courtesy runner Kyler Diehl to cut the Spartan cushion to four at a score of 5-1.
In the top of the fifth the sky opened up and eventually play was called with the Spartans batting in the top of the fifth inning. The action will resume today at 4:30 p.m.