Carroll High School varsity baseball coach Larry Hughes saw the ball leave his pitcher’s hand just before everything went black.“We were in the top of the fifth, two outs, a runner on first and we were up 5-2,” he said. “About when the pitcher released the ball the lights went out. The catcher said he got a glimpse of it and just stuck his glove out and caught it in the dark.”The Lady Dragons’ softball field also went dark that Monday night last week. It was the first simultaneous night game for the baseball and softball programs in the sports complex behind Carroll Senior High School, where less than two months ago Southlake City Council had approved the installation of 14 lights that were the object of long-standing protests by some nearby residents. Turning on all the lights for an extended time evidently overwhelmed Tri-County Electric’s delivery system. Carroll school district’s assistant superintendent, Dr. Derek Citty, said he was relieved that the problem wasn’t in the lights themselves.“A fuse in a switchgear failed on Peytonville Avenue, several hundred feet away,” Citty said. “Tri-County Electric put in a larger capacity fuse and that fixed it.”Softball coach Tim Stuewe said although it was an inconvenience at a time when Carroll’s girls were up 5-1 on Northwest High School after an inning and a half. But having the game called due to power failure wasn’t much different than being rained out.“We came back yesterday and finished the game on our field,” Stuewe said Thursday. “We ended up winning 11-1.”Hughes said his Dragons did almost as well Wednesday, finishing 9-2 over Keller Timber Creek.District employees gave the system a thorough test with all 14 lights glowing a full four hours to ensure the blackout won’t mar the next night game, scheduled for Friday, Citty said.“We were disappointed for the kids and the adults who put a lot into the festivities surrounding the first time both boys and girls played under the lights,” he said.
Terry Evans, 817-390-7620 Twitter: @fwstevans