BY JOE BYRD
ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR
The final game of Greeneville and Pulaski's series was suspended because of rain on Thursday night and will have to be completed when the Astros visit the Mariners next month.
Only one of the Appalachian League's five scheduled games was completed on Thursday.
The Astros and Mariners were put on hold when heavy rain hit Pioneer Park heading into the bottom of the seventh just after Pulaski had taken a 5-0 lead.
The storm came down from the north, so the game at Pioneer Park lasted longer than most.
Johnson City at Elizabethton was suspended in the second inning with the Cardinals and Twins tied 0-0. Bristol at Kingsport and Princeton at Bluefield never got under way.
The only game that managed to be played to completion Thursday night was Danville at Burlington with the Royals taking a 4-3 win over the Braves.
At Pioneer Park, the weather started out just fine, but as the game got going, the teams and fans could see the dark clouds looming and the storm getting closer over the left field fence.
It looked like the Astros and Mariners could possible get the game in because it was being played at a quick pace. The first six innings took only about an hour and a half because neither team was scoring runs.
Pulaski had a couple of chances with runners in scoring position in the second, third and fifth innings, but Greeneville's defense got itself out of a the jams thanks to some good work by the infield.
That changed in the top of the seventh when Pulaski sparked for five runs to take control of the game.
Moments after Greeneville finally ended the side, the sky opened with a downpour, and the game was never able to be restarted.
The suspended game will be complete on Tuesday, Aug. 7 when Greeneville plays at Pulaski.
Greeneville is scheduled to play a doubleheader tonight in Kingsport starting at 6 p.m. Kingsport is at Greeneville on Saturday for a single 6 p.m. contest.