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RAIN RAIN GO AWAY
April 30, 2014 - Michael Palmer
Local softball and baseball teams have been sequestered to gymnasiums across the valley for practices as mother nature delays the OVAC tournament play yet again this Wednesday. The super soaker system stalled over our area has pushed all the softball tournament games back to the last option as the finals set for Saturday are fast approaching.
While the string of delays give teams a rest, it can also have negative results. The momentum of teams on a winning streak can wash away with the dust off the diamonds. Long breaks from live pitching and actual game situations should be common place after this season's damp start, but they still take their toll.
Scheduling for our sports department has also been rather difficult as athletic directors try and save as many games as possible, we wait by the cell phone for updates and make changes to suit the revised schedule.
If there is once again rain that dumps on the I-470 complex tomorrow, either games will have to be cancelled or relocated. I don't think the higher seeded teams would have a problem handing the gate over to the OVAC if they foot the bill for the umpires. That is a better option than scrapping the semi-finals all together.
If the weather dries out a bit tomorrow then softball should get back underway – might want to change the title to the Tough Mudder for 2014. Did I mention that the rescheduled Buckeye 8 track meet now is moved to Thursday which is now the same night as the Bellaire “Dave Ice” meet. So it is obvious that more than the fields are a mess.
I have water proof boots, I juts hope I don't need my umbrella.
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