Saturday showers postpone start of sub-district

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 17, 2003

Hopefully by the time you read this, the rain has stopped.

But don’t hold your breath.

The rain didn’t stop all day Saturday, and the prospect of getting area Dixie Youth all-star tournaments started didn’t stand a chance. Rain washed out the two sub-district tournaments in Concordia Parish Saturday.

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Saturday’s games are moved back to today. Ferriday will play its games at 2 and 4 p.m,, while Vidalia will play at 2 and 5 p.m. with an opening ceremoney slated for 4 p.m.

Those plans, however, are depending on the weather.

The Weather Channel forecast calls for a 40 percent chance of rain today.

&uot;That’s what we’re planning on,&uot; said Vidalia Dixie Youth president Mike Bowlin, whose organization hosts the Major League tournament. &uot;Hopefully we’ll get some sun. We’ll get out on the field about 8 or 8:30 (a.m.). We can’t get too far behind. We’ve got to get (the tournament) done by Friday. But that’s how it goes. You can’t do anything about the weather.&uot;

The weather pushed both tournaments back a day, but the schedule won’t be hampered since no games were initially scheduled for today. Ferriday is hosting the five-team Minor League tournament with teams from Vidalia, South Franklin, Winnsboro and Jonesville traveling to George Perry Field to play.

Now action will begin today with Vidalia and Winnsboro at 2 p.m. and Ferriday and South Franklin at 4 p.m.

&uot;We went out there (Saturday) and were about 30 minutes from starting the first game, and here came another downpour,&uot; Ferriday DYB president Gary Hinton said. &uot;We’re going to get up there (today) and get to work, but we’ll have to wait and see. (The field) drains pretty well, but we’ll have to find some dirt from somwhere.&uot;

The Vidalia tournament will have South Franklin and Winnsboro going in the first game at 2 p.m. today. League officials will then schedule an opening ceremony prior to the start of the Vidalia-Ferriday contest at 5 p.m.

Like Ferriday, the Vidalia tournament was also on the brink of starting Saturday afternoon before another downpour hit.

&uot;We made the decision about 3 o’clock or so we were going to try to get it ready,&uot; Bowlin said. &uot;We had 10 people working hard to get it ready, and the other team was warming up and getting ready. It seemed like it waited until we were almost ready. We kicked around going to Natchez if we had to, but they’ve gotten as much rain as we have. Everybody in our sub-district got rain today.&uot;