As a dense fog began to creep over the Beaufort High School baseball field, Hilton Head High center fielder Michael Haven turned toward the sky to predict how it would affect his ability to see the baseball.
An inning later, he had his answer.
"Never seen anything like that," he said.
In fact, he never saw anything at all.
The second day of the Lowcountry Invitational came to an abrupt halt in the nightcap Saturday, when umpires ruled the fog was too thick to continue a game between the Seahawks and Eagles.
With the Seahawks clinging to a one-run lead in the bottom of the third, Eagles shortstop Mark Jones hit a routine flyball to centerfield, but it turned into an RBI double to tie the game at 2. Weber Pike followed with a single on a lazy fly to left-center.
Haven said he didn't see either flyball.
"I couldn't even see (the ball) off the bat," Haven said. "... I was trying to look at the people around me and listen to what the coaches were yelling, but I couldn't see anything except the fog."
Following Pike's single, Seahawks coach Chris Wells asked umpires to consider stopping the game. After a 25-minute delay, they elected to suspend the game until 2 p.m. today, when the two teams will pick up where they left off -- a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the third inning.
"When two pop-ups turn into (hits), it's obvious that we need to pull the plug and make sure nobody gets hurt," Wells said. "It could've been a circus of a ballgame."
Eagles assistant coach Scott Rast was visibly upset when the umpires called for the delay but said he ultimately sided with their decision.
"I would've like to finish the inning -- we were batting and I thought we had to play (defense) in something similar," Rast said. "But it was probably the right decision. ... You can't get someone hurt out here."
Sean Bartlett started on the mound for the Seahawks, and Kyle Dawson started for Beaufort High. Both coaches said they would not bring back their Saturday starters to pitch again today.
Bluffton 13, Branchville 1 (5 inn.): Ryan Ward was 2 for 2 with three RBIs, a double and a triple, and Travis Ramsey added a two-run triple to give the Bobcats a win in their season opener.
B.J. Kitty picked up the win, allowing one run in 3 1-3 innings.
Bluffton 11, Wade Hampton 1 (5 inn.): The Bobcats made it a clean sweep on opening day behind a complete game from Colin Grunder, who allowed only one run in five innings.
Hunter VanGeison went 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs, a double and a triple.
Bluffton (2-0) will return to Beaufort High to face the host Eagles at 6:30 p.m. Monday.
Battery Creek 14, Branchville 0 (5 inn.): Rusty Wilman was 2 for 2 with three RBIs, Joe Fields went 2 for 3 with a pair of RBIs and C.J. Jenkins hit a two-run double to lead the Dolphins to victory.
Shane Dixon got the win, giving up one hit in three innings and striking out seven.
Battery Creek (1-1) faces Wade Hampton at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Beaufort High School.
Today's games (at Beaufort High)
Hilton Head High vs. Beaufort High, 2 p.m.
Hilton Head High vs. Colleton County, 3:30 p.m.