Rain muddies up baseball season

Published 12:00 am Sunday, June 10, 2001

The 50th anniversary season of Dixie Youth baseball in Natchez has been a record breaking one – just not the type of record officials were hoping for.

The rain that has pelted the Miss-Lou for the past week has put a damper on most of the youth leagues in the area.

&uot;I’ve been involved with Dixie Youth in Natchez since 1969, and I have never seen rain cause so many games to be cancelled or reschedule,&uot; Porky Smith, director of the Natchez Dixie Youth Triple A (9-10-year-old) division, said. All four of the Natchez Dixie Youth leagues had hoped to use last Saturday and Sunday to make up for many of the rained out contests, but very few games were actually played.

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&uot;We got two games made up on Saturday before the rains came, and we had the field ready today (Sunday), but it started raining again,&uot; Smith said. &uot;Starting Monday we will pick back up with our regular schedule, and we will use this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday to make up some games.&uot;

The weekend was also unkind to the 11- and 12-year-old league.

&uot;We cancelled everything,&uot; Joe Eidt, director of the 11-12-year-old league, said. &uot;There is just so much water on the ground, all it takes is a little shower to mess up the field again.&uot;

Eidt said the league will pick back up with its regular schedule on Monday, and make up any lost games at the end of the year.One league, coach pitch, did fight through the rains on Sunday to get some key contests in the record books.

&uot;Coach pitch fought the mud and slop on Sunday trying to get finished with some important games to decided the championship,&uot; Eidt said.

Things were not much better for Natchez Adams softball, according to Belinda Brashier.

&uot;We’ve been pulling our hair out trying to figure out what to do about the rain,&uot; she said. &uot;We would have been caught up if not for the rain on Saturday. We are just going to take it one day at a time, because the forecast calls for rain this week too. We will let the coaches know about any rescheduled games as soon as we know what is going to happen.&uot;