The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

May 11, 2013

Raindrops fall once again

After a short reprieve, weather postpones baseball for another day

By J. Daniel Rollins
Register-Herald Sports Writer

SHADY SPRING — By the time Woodrow Wilson’s Hunter Greco took the mound in the bottom of the fourth, the dark clouds had moved in. By the time the powerful senior hurler had thrown his first pitch, first base umpire Gary Nichols saw lightning and suspended play.

A powerful storm rolled through Shady Spring, dumping a lot of rain in a hurry on the Tigers’ field and, despite the best efforts of the coaching staff to remove water, made the conditions unplayable. Home plate umpire Jay Rutledge had no choice but to suspend play.

As a result, Shady Spring and Woodrow Wilson will pick up the game in the bottom of the fourth at 2 p.m. today, weather permitting. The Flying Eagles lead 2-0.

Oak Hill will take on the loser at 4 p.m., with the winner taking on the victor of the Woodrow/Shady game at 6 p.m.

n Across the county, Summers County and Liberty’s game at Independence was rained out, with a makeup game to be played at 4 p.m. today, with the winner playing Independence 30 minutes after the first game.

n Princeton and Greenbrier East’s game in Fairlea was also rained out. The teams will meet in the championship game at 6 p.m. today at Greenbrier East.

If Mother Nature decides to interrupt baseball once again, things could get messy.

Raleigh County schools will be taking the WESTEST Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. During the testing days, athletic competition is not allowed, meaning the earliest games could be rescheduled for would be Thursday evening.

Regional play is scheduled to begin May 20.

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