The Kennedale Wildcats struck quickly before the lightning suspended play Friday night, putting up five runs in two innings.
The defending Class 3A champions then held on Saturday when play resumed to knock off the Bridgeport Bulls 8-4 and win the Region I bi-district series.
The loss ended the Bulls’ season at 21-9. Bridgeport rallied to win five of their last seven District 7-3A games, including a one-game playoff with Decatur, to make the playoffs.
The Bulls will return all but one player – senior Junior McLaughlin – next season. In his final game, McLaughlin went 2-for-3 with a triple and scored a run.
“Junior had a really good game,” said Bridgeport coach Ted Leps. “It was good to see our only senior have a great game to end his career in Bridgeport.”
The start of game two was delayed by nearly three hours because of lightning near Boswell.
When play finally started at 10:30, Kennedale, who won game one 12-3, scored three in the first and two in the second innings.
“We got down early because of errors,” Leps said.
Bridgeport committed four errors leading to three unearned runs.
When play resumed Saturday in the third inning, Bridgeport mounted a comeback. Branon Huff tripled with the bases loaded to cut the deficit to 5-3.
Huff was one of three Bulls with multiple hits, joining McLaughlin and Alex Samples.
Kennedale responded with a run in the bottom of the third, another in the fourth and one in the sixth.
Bridgeport scored one in the top of the seventh, but it was not enough.