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Monroe's late rally suspended
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MCFARLAND - The storm that caused tornado warnings in the Dane and Green county areas couldn't have come at a worse time for the Monroe Senior Legion baseball team Monday.

Monroe (5-0-1) was in the midst of a rally. McFarland had a 4-2 lead, but Monroe battled back in the sixth inning to tie the game before umpires suspended the game when the lightning and storm hit.

"We were hitting their pitcher pretty good," Monroe coach Eric Losenegger said. "The guys didn't give up. They kept battling."

Monroe's Taylor Riese started the rally when he reached on an error. Kris Rieder then singled and Austin Burandt walked to load the bases. Jon Elmer then came through with a game-tying two-run single. Mike Turek was hit by a pitch to load the bases again and Dylan Schwitz was up when the game was suspended.

Monroe's Drew Nafzger pitched 4 1/3 innings and gave up three earned runs before Kramer Henning came in to pitch.

"He kept us there in the game," Losenegger said of Nafzger. "If they (pitchers) do that, we will score some runs."

The game will pick up where Monroe left off with the bases loaded July 15 and Schwitz up, but this time it will be in Monroe, at the high school.

"We have the bases loaded and one of our best hitters up," Losenegger said. "Hopefully, we can score a run to win the game and that will give us some momentum going into the second one."