Baseball: What rain delay? Cajuns’ shenanigans go viral
Staff Report, The Advertiser, May 16, 2015
The UL Ragin’ Cajuns baseball game Friday night against ULM was rained out, but that didn’t stop the teams from competing in what may go down as one of the best college rain delays. Ever.
As the teams waited for the official decision on the game’s postponement, boredom must’ve invaded both dugouts. Cryptic messages were passed across the tarp-covered Warhawk Field, the music was cranked up, and the stadium started buzzing about a competition of another sort.
The shenanigans that ensued were captured on video by the press box and several fans who were waiting out the lengthy delay. A few hundred tweets later, and the rain-delay antics ended up featured on CBS Sports and ESPN SportsCenter.
It started with a dance-off. Freshman shortstop Kennon Fontenot was the clear winner, bursting out of the Cajuns dugout and into a gyrating routine in front of his howling teammates. A Cajuns manager was a close runner-up.
The games then turned into full-team sports. Each team chose three representatives who were introduced over loud speakers and ushered to home plate for a rousing match of rock-paper-scissors.
The Warhawks won the first round, beating UL senior Evan Powell. But pitchers Will Bacon and Reagan Bazar stepped in to relieve him. In the final of three rounds, Bazar clinched the win and sent the Cajuns into a celebratory frenzy.
The baseball game was finally called Friday night after a more than three-hour delay. However, Cajuns fans declared a victory on social media and the fun-spirited games were celebrated by baseball fans across the country.
The two teams are are scheduled to play a doubleheader Saturday with first pitch at 11 a.m. at Warhawk Field. Both games will be aired live on KPEL 96.5 FM with Jay Walker making the call.