SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Forget the 30 pitches of Monday night’s Little League World Series game between Columbus Northern and Ohio ever happened.
It was scoreless in the bottom of the first when the game in Volunteer Stadium was called after a second rain delay.
“It was wiped out like it never happened,” Northern Manager Randy Morris said. The two teams will try again this afternoon at 4 p.m.
Not only did it never happen, there will be two major changes from Monday night.
First, the game will be moved from Volunteer Stadium -- the newer venue in the Little League compound -- to historic Lamade Stadium.
Instead of being on ESPN2, the game will be televised on ESPN.
Look for Columbus starter Troy Gilliland to be pitching again. Gilliland threw 23 pitches and did not allow a run in the top of the first Monday. He faced five batters and allowed two hits. That frame is wiped out and does not count against his pitch total for the week.
“I will be ready to pitch tomorrow,” Gilliland said as he was going into the training room to get his arm iced.
The Columbus right-hander said the false start gives him an advantage against an Ohio team that has been piling on the runs.
“I have seen the heart of their order and know what to expect,” Gilliland said.
Morris is not sure that is the case.
“He has seen the heart of their order, but they have also seen him,” Morris said. “I don’t know who has the advantage.”
Ohio starter Cole Heflin threw only seven pitches and did not finish facing his second hitter before the rains came. Leadoff batter Blake Hicks grounded out to the pitcher and Jacob Pate had seen only one pitch when the teams were pulled off the field.
Rain was a consistent story from 5 p.m. until the game was finally called about 8:40.
The rains fell just as the Columbus team finished batting practice and made the 200-yard walk to the stadium.
The 6 p.m. start was pushed back until 7:05.
They got about 20 minutes in before the rains started again.
After another hour rain delay, the field was made playable again.
Then the rain started back.
It didn’t take long for Little League officials to call it.
Monday night’s New England-Northwest elimination game was also moved back a day.
One of the benefits for Northern is the team would rather play in Lamade, where Northern beat Hawaii on Saturday, than Volunteer, Morris said.
“I would rather play over there,” Morris said.
“The kids like it a lot better.”