Rain wins

Persistent precipitation washes out night game

The final inning of Game 6 on Sunday between Cochise College and Delgado Community College was played before a sparse and wet crowd.

Water stands at the edge of the third-base dugout at Suplizio Field after heavy rain Sunday afternoon. Tournament officials postponed the night game because of outfield conditions.

Rain, rain — it just didn’t go away.

With a steady drizzle falling at about 7 p.m. Sunday, Alpine Bank Junior College World Series officials made the decision to postpone the game between Spartanburg Methodist College (South Carolina) and Miami Dade College (Florida).

The two teams are still waiting to play their first-round game, and are scheduled to play at 9 a.m. today.

Walt Bergman, the tournament co-director, said there was just too much rain, making the field “unplayable” and not safe for the players.

Bergman said the last rain delay at JUCO was four or five years ago.

“We’ve had to adjust a few times before,” he said. “It works out really well for us this time, because this is a first-round game for both teams, win or lose, they will have a bye (to Tuesday), so nobody will play a doubleheader (today).”

Bergman said the field crew has a few concerns with getting the field ready for the 9 a.m. game.

“One of the problems you get is the water on the tarp has to go somewhere,” he said.

Drains are in the outfield and along the first-base side of the field to help the draining process, he said.

Crews will be out at 6:30 a.m. to pull the tarp and get the field ready.

Today will be a four-game day.

Cochise College (Arizona) and Columbia State Community College (Tennessee) are scheduled to play at noon in the only elimination game of the day.

Blinn College (Texas) and Chattahoochee Valley Community College (Alabama) are scheduled to play at 3 p.m., followed by the 7:30 p.m. game between Iowa Western College and Midland College (Texas).

Fireworks will follow the 7:30 game.

The two veteran coaches from Spartanburg and Miami Dade said they have no concerns with having an extra day off, and it’s something that happens in baseball.

“We’ll be fine. I learned a long time ago that I don’t worry about things I can’t control,” Spartanburg head coach Tim Wallace said.

“Nobody can control the weather, so we’ll be ready to go at 9 tomorrow,” Miami Dade coach Danny Price said.

Price said he was happy JUCO officials called the game because of safety concerns for the players.

Today’s forecast calls for sunny skies in the morning, turning partly cloudy in the afternoon. Temperatures are expected to be in the 60s and 70s.


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