There was one thing that stopped a pair of Kenosha County products from continuing their journeys in the College World Series on Tuesday.

Rain.

Inclement weather in Omaha, Neb., forced the suspension of one game and the postponement of another to today, meaning Tremper graduate Justin Lavey and Central graduate Marshall Gilbert got an unexpected day off.

Well, sort of.

Lavey, a junior second baseman for Louisville, did get a couple of plate appearances Tuesday during the Cardinals’ elimination game against Auburn.

Batting eighth, Lavey was 0-for-1 with a walk and an RBI. His bases-loaded walk in the top of the fourth inning extended Louisville’s lead to 2-1, and the Cardinals added two more in the fourth to go ahead, 4-1.

That remained the score going into the top of the fifth when the game was delayed with Louisville coming to the plate. The rain didn’t subside, so play will be resumed at 11 a.m. today.

The winner will advance to another elimination game Thursday night.

For Auburn, Indian Trail graduate Ryan Hoerter is listed as a sophomore pitcher on the Tigers’ roster. He is not, however, on Auburn’s CWS roster and is currently pitching for the Kenosha Kingfish.

Mississippi State, meanwhile, was scheduled to face Vanderbilt in a winner’s bracket game Tuesday night after the Louisville-Auburn game, but that game was postponed until today.

It will begin approximately 65 minutes following the conclusion of the Louisville-Auburn game.

The winner remains in the winner’s bracket and will play Friday, while the loser will play either Louisville or Auburn in an elimination game Thursday night.

Gilbert was the hero in the Bulldogs’ come-from-behind 5-4 win over Auburn on Sunday night.

Mississippi State scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth to stun the Tigers, with Gilbert’s two-out single plating the winning run.

Mike Johnson

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