Lightning struck more than once yesterday at Poly and finally terminated the baseball game in the sixth inning, with the host Engineers taking a 9-2 win over Southern of Baltimore.
Nick Sigismondi pitched a two-hitter with eight strikeouts on 84 pitches for Poly, and Jasmond Walker drilled a grand slam over the left-field fence.
Walker's slam off Southern starter and loser Kevin Hynes provided the exclamation point. With the way senior right-hander Sigismondi was using his fastball, curve, slider and changeup, the deficit was too much for Southern to overcome.
Poly was batting in the sixth when a flash of lightning shot across the sky. The umpires immediately stopped the game. More lightning struck, then the rain hit, prompting them to end the game.
With the win, Poly (7-1) remained unbeaten atop the Baltimore City league at 6-0, with Southern slipping to 5-2 (league and overall).
Mark Vacarro is in his first year as Southern's coach after spending several seasons as Poly's coach and returning the Engineers to winning ways.
Mark Junker came over from Patterson to replace Vacarro at Poly, and Roger Wrenn ended his short retirement to return as Patterson coach.
Coupled with a 3-1 victory behind Sigismondi a couple of weeks ago, Junker is now 2-0 against Vacarro.
"I love these kids [at Poly]," said Vacarro, who left Poly to become the athletic director at Digital Harbor, which will become Southern's official name after this school year.
Brandon Roane, who led off the decisive second inning with a triple to right, scored on a wild pitch to give Poly a 1-0 lead. Hynes walked the bases loaded, but he got two outs before Walker stepped up.
"I was looking for a fastball and got it right down the middle," Walker said.
Hynes and Freddie Good had the only Southern hits and scored its only runs.