Manitou Springs and St. Mary's baseball faced brief deer delay on Tuesday

Manitou Springs shortstop Joey Allen waves at and attempts to direct the deer off the field. (Dan Mohrmann/CHSAANow.com)

MANITOU SPRINGS — As rivals Manitou Springs and St. Mary's took the field for their annual rivalry baseball game on Tuesday, they were greeted with some unexpected spectators.

In the top of the sixth inning three deer made their on to the field causing play to be delayed for about 10 minutes.

Administrators took to the field in an effort to direct the deer off the grass, but the task seemed easier said than done. At one point, the deer made their way toward the infield where Manitou Springs shortstop Joey Allen made an attempt to direct them toward the fence.

This is not the first time that deer have disrupted games at Manitou. Football games as well as boys and girls soccer games have often been delayed as deer made their way on to the field, forcing play to be stopped as administrators worked to remove them.

Several adults, including athletic director John McGee, coach Brandon DeMatto, local firefighter Travis Allen (Joey's dad) and athletic trainer Nick Nunley were eventually able to lead them off the field through a rarely used side gate.

The Pirates would go on to win the game 5-2.