ELKHART – The Warsaw baseball team will have to wait one more day to start its postseason play.
The Warsaw-Elkhart Central first-round game in the Class 4-A Elkhart Memorial sectional Friday night was postponed due to rain. The game was originally slated to be played Thursday night but was pushed back a day by rain washing out the sectional opener Wednesday night between Goshen and Concord.
The Tigers will now face Central at noon on Saturday. The first semifinal game will then follow, pitting Penn (21-5) versus Goshen (21-8). Goshen beat Concord 1-0 on Thursday night in the sectional opener. The winner of the Warsaw-Central game will then face Elkhart Memorial (13-13) in the third game on Saturday.
The semifinal winners Saturday are scheduled to play for the sectional title on Monday at 11 a.m. with the champion advancing to the LaPorte Regional on Saturday, June 3.
Warsaw sits at 8-19 on the season entering the postseason, while Central sports a 15-11 mark. The Tigers edged the Blue Blazers 9-8 at Warsaw this past Monday in the regular-season finale for both teams.
Host Memorial did beat the rain and Northridge too Friday night.
The Crimson Chargers got a huge game from Matt Kloss to top the Raiders 5-1. Senior Kloss had three hits, scored a pair of runs and drove in a run for the winners. He also made a diving catch in centerfield to end the third inning when the Raiders had loaded the bases and for good measure retired the final four batters of the game in relief.
Dylan Pressler drove in two runs for coach Scott Rost’s Chargers. Justin Walter picked up the pitching win to run his season mark to 5-2.
The Raiders’ lone run came when Jeff Makar was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Senior Camm Nickell pitched five innings and took the loss for Northridge.
The Raiders, who lost 8-4 and 11-1 in five innings to Memorial in a pair of Northern Lakes Conference regular-season meetings, finish at 19-7.