EDWARDSVILLE – Stifling heat and severe thunderstorms that rolled through the Edwardsville area Saturday afternoon and evening forced the Diamond Sports Promotions Midwest Classic tournaments to be put on hold through Sunday.

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The Edwardsville under-17 team won their first game of the day, taking a 9-4 win over the Illinois Patriots Springfield club Saturday morning; their scheduled second group-play game against BNBA Gold Hawk/Pax had been pushed back to Saturday evening when the heat index went above 105 degrees before later storms postponed the game to Sunday morning. The Tigers went to 3-0 in group play following the win.

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Both of Edwardsville’s under-15 games were delayed to Sunday following the severe thunderstorms and lightning strikes in the area.

“We had a couple of big innings and pushed some runs across; we’ve been struggling lately getting guys in and leaving a lot of guys on base," Edwardsville coach Craig Ohlau said.

“Those two four-run innings, we were able to take advantage of their mistakes and got some timely hits.”

That the under-17s have a chance to get to a tournament final means much to Ohlau. “We’ve been wanting to play in a tournament final and this is our chance,” Ohlau said.

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