The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

May 2, 2013

Weather sets back baseball

By Dave Ruthenberg, Sports Editor
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Rain, sleet and cold wiped out the start of high school baseball regionals across the area as well as the opening of the Class A and B state baseball tournaments on Thursday.

For most of the teams involved in regionals, it meant simply pushing the games back one day with play now slated to open today at the originally scheduled regional locations. That includes Enid, which now will open Class 6A regional play at 11 a.m today, instead of Thursday, against the host Stillwater Pioneers.

Likewise, Chisholm’s Class 2A regional at Chandler and Hennessey’s 2A regional at Latta also were pushed back one day to be played today at the same location and times. Virtually every other regional contest scheduled for the area also was rescheduled to start today.

However, the weather took a bit of a heavier toll on Fairview, which was set to host a regional on Thursday for the first time in the school’s history. The weather has forced the Fairview 2A regional (which also includes Alva) to be moved to Putnam City High  School.

“We did everything we could do to try to get this played here,” said a disappointed Fairview head baseball coach Ryan Nightingale Thursday afternoon. “I was pumping water off the field myself this morning (Thursday), but we had to make a decision and we still have a lot of water on the field. It wasn’t going to be ready by tomorrow (Friday).”

Fairview was able to cover the pitching mound and home plate with tarps, but does not have a tarp to cover the rest of the field.

It was just the latest weather-related setback for schools in what has been one of the coldest and wettest springs in recent memory.

“We lost about a third of our schedule to weather this year, including the entire Merrifield Tournament,” Nightingale said. “It’s been frustrating, but what can you do? God still controls the weather and we don’t have much say in it.”

Putnam City High School was chosen as the replacement venue for the Fairview regional as the field there has an artificial surface. The change also required a shuffling of the times from the original schedule for the Fairview regional.

Chistrian Heritage will play Minco in the opener at Putnam City today at noon, followed by Fairview playing Alva at 2 p.m. The winners from today’s games will play at 4 and the losers at 6 today. The Saturday games are set for 4 p.m. and 6.

Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association also announced the Class A and Class B state baseball tournament games originally slated to open Thursday were moved back to start today as well.

All the Class B games will be played at Edmond Memorial High School. Originally, games today and Saturday were to be played at Oklahoma City’s Dolese Park.

Dover and Asher will play at 11 a.m. today. That winner faces the Leedey-Sentinel winner at 11 a.m. Saturday. The championship is scheduled for 4 p.m.

The Dover-Asher game can be heard on KXLS (95.7 FM)