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Rain wreaks havoc on early baseball season

  • Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Berkeley softball will be led by four seniors, Ashtin Kullnat, R.J. Reid, Katie Marsch and Savannah Crane. DAN BROWN/INDEPENDENT

Area baseball and softball teams need some dry weather.
The Goose Creek Post 166 Invitational Pre-Season baseball tournament was a washout this past weekend, as was the Bishop England “Bishop Blast” softball tournament, and it doesn’t look like playing ball is going to get any easier this week.
Mother Nature’s refusal to cooperate resulted in torrential rainfall Friday and Saturday that rained out all area baseball and softball play.
Forecasts for the early part of this week called for more of the same.
Baseball and softball, outdoor sports, have been spending more time indoors than out.
“The weather has been tough on everyone this year, especially getting to see live pitching,” said Timberland Coach Chris Pond.
Pond has a luxury most Berkeley County schools don’t have, an infield tarp to cover the field in the event of rain. Timberland and Hanahan are the only schools with infield tarps.
“It doesn’t look good for next few days so we will go to gym and get some work done and hope one day we can get baseball going,” Pond said. “If we get to play on Monday that’s a plus for everyone, if not we will go along like we’ve been doing since baseball has started.”
The Berkeley Lady Stags had tournaments cancelled the past two weekends because of rain.
“We’ve got the field ready and it’s holding water well but we can’t play on it in the rain,” said coach Boogie Grooms.
Tournament officials plan to play the rained out games on Wednesday and Thursday if games were rained out Monday night with plans to give each team in the tournament three games.

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