GJ, Palisade have games postponed

The Palisade High School baseball team had five of its regularly-scheduled dates this season postponed or canceled because of the weather.

Why should the playoffs be any different?

In Pueblo for the district round of the Class 4A playoffs, the Bulldogs got their trip extended one day when Saturday’s tournament was postponed because of rain.

Grand Junction was dealt the same cards in the Class 5A playoffs. The Tigers’ district playoff in Colorado Springs was also delayed until today because of adverse weather.

“I think we could have played (Saturday) but I’m not the one to make that decision,” Palisade coach Steve Moore said.

Instead, his team faces Skyline at 2 p.m. today at Runyon Complex. The winner meets the winner of the other first-round district matchup between Pueblo South and Thomas Jefferson for the district title at 5 p.m.

Moore and Grand Junction coach Kyle Rush faced the same problem Saturday: what to do with their team for an extra day.

“We went down to (Runyon Field) and hit, took some fly balls and had a mini-practice,” Moore said.

Rush was looking for an indoor facility so the Tigers could at least take some batting practice in Colorado Springs but found most places that offer such amenities aren’t open on the weekends.

Fog, rather than rain, was the big problem in Colorado Springs, but Rush said the postponement didn’t seem to faze his team.

“This is our fifth road trip of the year, so they’re used to it,” Rush said. “I think they’ll be ready to play.”

If weather conditions make today’s games unplayable, the Colorado High School Activities Association, which gave each team in the baseball playoffs the rare opportunity to play on a Sunday, will determine when to reschedule the district games. The regional playoffs are scheduled to begin Friday.


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