DENVER — The Coors Field experience for Erie and Holy Family played out more in pregame on Saturday morning than it actually did on the diamond.
The teams enjoyed all of the perks of getting to play at the home of the Colorado Rockies, with the exception of barely getting to play but two and a half innings before the steady mist spraying the field made it too muddy to continue.
The teams will continue their Tri-Valley League game on Tuesday at Holy Family with the Erie Tigers up 7-2 and Holy Family batting in the bottom of the third inning.
"You know, we did get to take batting practice and hang out in the clubhouse and everything the hour before the game, so that atmosphere is still cool," said Erie coach Harold Simmons, whose team is looking for its 10th league win after sweeping Mead on Thursday and Friday. "To be honest, I'm surprised we got to play as long as we did so we appreciate the grounds crew guys for letting us go a little bit longer.
"For me, it's still fun and I think the kids like the stuff we get to do before the actual game."
The rain was difficult on the two pitchers in Saturday's game as both Erie's Victor Villa (six walks allowed) and Holy Family's Griffin Heller (two walks) labored. However, the field offered true hops as could be expected and both teams made some good plays.
Erie, though, took advantage of a monstrous outfield. Villa started it off with a double over the head of the center fielder in the second inning that scored Matt Sorenson all the way from first base, and Sorenson cleared the bases with a double to left-center field in the third inning that made it 5-1.
Hunter Nelson had a stand-up RBI triple to the right field corner that rolled forever, too.
Holy Family was just heating up when the Coors Field staff decided to pull the plug on the game. The Tigers (5-11, 3-9) loaded the bases with no one out in the third for Kennedy Phillips, who ended up walking to earn an RBI.
When play resumes Tuesday, they will have the bases loaded and have the chance to take care of business on their home field.
"They wanted to call it earlier, but we thought it was only fair to have their pitcher throw in it one more inning," Holy Family coach Eric Nakayama said. "Griffin was struggling with some grips, so that's why we wanted to get that bottom half (of the third) in.
"You wish you get a whole game in but we'll get after it on Tuesday."