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Waterlogged: Rain at tournament pushes play back about three hours

About 10 minutes of heavy rain caused a little more than three-hour delay at the Louisiana Dixie Youth 14U all-star district tournament Saturday at the Concordia Recreational Complex.

After the brief downpour, the baseball field looked more like it was ready to suit a swim team than that of any other sport.

“The field was in perfect shape before the rain,” Concordia 14U all-star coach Daniel Grayson said. “It was in as good of shape as it’s been all year, actually.

“I was just thinking please hurry up and stop so we could get it ready to play. If it would have lasted 15 minutes, we would have been done until the next day.”

Luckily, Grayson’s team was able to begin their first game of the tournament — originally scheduled for 7 p.m. — around 10:15 p.m. Weather permitting, the plan at press time was to play the entire game.

The field took a couple hours to drain, using a variety of methods. A pump removed a good portion of the water, and workers swept the remainder of the water into the outfield.

“This doesn’t really mess up that much with the schedule,” Grayson said. “As long as we get to play the same day it’s fine.”

Concordia Dixie Youth Director Mike Bowlin said while the rain was unfortunate to see, it’s not unusual.

“We have been pretty lucky this year,” he said. “It’s just Louisiana weather.”

Bowlin also thaked the hard work of the complex’s staff who he said worked hard and fast to recover the field for play to resume Saturday.

“They get out here and bust their butts,” he said.

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