American Legion Baseball/Little League Baseball

Mother Nature wrecking havoc

Weather forces another postponment of American Legion and Little League Tournament games
By Chuck Fiebernitz | Jul 05, 2013
Photo by: Patrick Parton Post 47 pitcher Eli Ferguson (Tuscola) delivers a pitch during a recent home game.

How’s that song go?
“Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue.”
Has anyone seen a rainbow or blue skies lately?
When heavy rains and lightning arrived in Shelby at Keeter Stadium late Wednesday night, it  took only 22 minutes to force the suspension of Game 1, which was in the top of the eighth inning with the Haywood Post 47 baseball team trailing, 8-0.  
Since then, not one pitch has been thrown as Mother Nature continues to wreck havoc on local baseball tournaments throughout the southeast, including the first round of the American Legion Area IV playoffs.
Tuscola Ballpark, the friendly confines of the Haywood Post 47 Dragoons, was so saturated and unplayable, they agreed to return to Shelby on Thursday afternoon to complete Game 1 and start Game 2.
But as the bus arrived in the parking lot, a major storm rushed in a dumped an inch if rain on the field, ending any hopes of playing baseball.
“I was getting a little tired of traveling on a bus to Shelby and not getting to play,” said Post 47 Manager Caleb McConnell. “We decided to try and resume play on Friday at our field, but the rains forced us to cancel those plans. Then Saturday was more of the same. We have put so many man hours in an attempt to get the field playable, but the grounds are so saturated that even a light rain will instantly make a muddy mess in the infield and the outfield still has several puddles that had nowhere to go. It’s hard to swallow because we want to play baseball. But everybody else is in this same boat. So, we just have to deal with it.”
At press time, Haywood Post 47 traveled to Shelby, which holds a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series, Sunday night to play Game 2. The two teams are scheduled to play Game 3 tonight and Game 4 (if necessary) Tuesday night at Tuscola Ballpark. If Game 5 is necessary, it is scheduled to be played Wednesday at Keeter Stadium in Shelby. A 7 p.m. first pitch has been set for all playoff games.
However, the Dragoons are not the only baseball team trying to get back into action.
The Waynesville-based Mountaineer Little League baseball team was scheduled to play Henderson for the winner-take-all District 5 championship at the Elks Lodge Baseball Complex on Wednesday. That was rained out, rescheduled for Friday, rained out again and rescheduled for tonight at 7 p.m. at the Elks Lodge.
“We just can’t catch a break with this weather,” said MLL Manager David McKay. “Our kids are still ready to get back on the field, win a championship and a berth into the state tournament.”
And there was another rainout as the Canton Little League 10-year-old baseball all-stars beat Henderson County, 10-6, last week and earned a mid-week shot at Franklin for the D5 banner. The team has yet to play because of all the rain.
The Canton all-stars will try again to play Franklin tonight beginning at 7 p.m. in Macon County.

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