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Archive for Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Steady rain forces game postponements

June 16, 2004

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There's one aspect of the game that Lawrence baseball and softball players and league officials can't control -- the weather.

The Parks and Recreation department canceled all games for its baseball and softball leagues Wednesday and Thursday because of rainy weather. The Douglas County Amateur Baseball Assn. (DCABA) did the same, as well as the Houk/Ice and Heinrich leagues.

Typically, league officials wait until the afternoon on a rainy day to decide whether to cancel games. Because many fields are run by Parks and Recreation, it is up to their field maintenance personnel to make the call.

The danger to players produced by wet fields is the determining factor.

"Our primary concern is player safety," said Gary Hines, Parks and Recreation's director of maintenance. "We want to make sure players are not going to slip while they are playing the games."

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