Dixie Minor sub-district forced to play on July 4

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 1, 2003

For the second day in a row, the Dixie Minor Sub-District Tournament was rained out.

Dan Smith, director of the Troy Parks and Recreation Department, made the call at approximately 1 p.m. Tuesday to delay games an additional day. The field at the Sportsplex, besieged by rain continually since Sunday, had the look of a muddy trench Tuesday, and the games could not continue.

All of Tuesday's games, originally scheduled for Monday, will take place today. Tuesday's original games will take place Thursday, and the championship game will take place Friday. Everyone hopes the team who wins Friday's game will be undefeated, because if otherwise, the final game will have to be played Saturday. The district tournament is still scheduled to be played Saturday, but it likely will have to be pushed back.

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"We will definitely have to play July 4," Smith said. "We won't be able to get around that."

The Sportsplex fields were built in 1996, and though they did not have underground drainage systems, they were built to allow for natural drainage. They were constructed at a slope so water would run off.

However, the infield looked like Minnesota Tuesday, and the outfield squished with every step. Standing puddles were everywhere.

"I think I heard we got four inches of rain," Smith said. "The water could not drain completely.

"The outfield would be perfect for football or rugby, but it was not suitable for baseball."

If the weather permits, two elimination and one winner's bracket games will be played today. The Geneva All-Stars will face the Samson All-Stars in an elimination game at 4 p.m. Coffee County will face the Enterprise Americans at 6 p.m. in the second elimination game at 6 p.m. At 8 p.m., the undefeated Troy Americans will face the Enterprise Nationals in the winner's bracket game.