Rain spoils a MHS opener
The McLouth High baseball team's season opener wasn't much of a season opener.
MHS faced Atchison County on Monday in Effingham.
The two teams played four innings of the first game of their scheduled doubleheader, but rain forced the game to be postponed.
The Bulldogs and Tigers were tied at three in the top of the fifth when umpires halted the game. MHS had a runner on second with nobody out. The game will resume with that situation Friday in Effingham.
McLouth is coached by Clay Mayer, who is in his second year at the Bulldogs' helm.
MHS finished last season with an 8-10 record, and the Bulldogs have five seniors on this year's roster -- Andrew Booth, Trevor Keling, Lance Lamborn, Spencer Lamborn and Ryan Swallow.
Mayer returns several of his top batting leaders, including Mark Stewart, Keling, the Lamborn brothers and Ryan Smith.
On the mound, Lance Lamborn returns as the Bulldogs' pitching ace. He had 70 strikeouts last season in 51 innings of work. McLouth has four returning pitchers and seven overall on this year's team.
McLouth's first home doubleheader will be at 4:30 p.m. April 2 against Oskaloosa. MHS will play again April 5 against Pleasant Ridge, also at home.