SISSONVILLE, W.Va. -- Sissonville finds itself about three-quarters of the way to perhaps the state's top sectional upset so far this season, but the Indians are going to have to wait at least one more day to seal the deal.
The second game of their Class AA Region 4 Section 2 series with Poca was suspended by rain Friday night with Sissonville leading 4-3 after three innings.
The teams will pick up where they left off at 4:30 p.m. today. A win by the Indians (12-21) clinches the sectional, but a come-from-behind victory for the Dots (23-8) forces a third and deciding game, which would start about 6:30 tonight.
"We're playing good ball right now,'' said Indians coach Kenny Harper, "and we'll just have to keep it up and start over again tomorrow, like I told [our players]. And when we start out, we've got a one-run lead.''
Poca, the No. 5 team in the Gazette's state ratings, lost Thursday's opening game 6-2 as Sissonville left-hander Zach Null fired a four-hitter.
Friday's rainstorm seemed to rob the Dots of momentum, as they'd just scored twice in the bottom of the third to slice their deficit to 4-3.
"It obviously doesn't work well for us,'' said Poca coach Gene Estel. "But in this situation, what are you going to do? Mother Nature has not been our friend this season at all. But we've only got 12 guys and we don't need to get somebody hurt.''
The Dots already had one key player missing as Jake Payne, 7-1 as a pitcher and a .403 hitter, sat out Friday with a back injury. He was Thursday's starter. If Poca can't go back today to No. 2 pitcher Noah Frampton (5-2), Friday's starter, Estel has a decision.
His other likely choices are senior Ryan Leighton (4-0), sophomore Matt Chandler (3-2) and freshman Lucas Marshall (3-0).