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Weather sends state high school baseball, softball tournaments into tailspin

Salina South baseball fans wait out another rain delay at the Class 5A tournament Thursday at Eck Stadium.
Salina South baseball fans wait out another rain delay at the Class 5A tournament Thursday at Eck Stadium. The Wichita Eagle

With 12 locations in play for state high school baseball and softball tournaments that began Thursday across Kansas, it wasn’t farfetched, even from the outset, to think there might be problems with spring weather here or there.

Because it’s May, and because it’s Kansas.

What the Kansas State High School Activities Association got, however, was problems almost everywhere.

Out of the 12 sites on Thursday, 10 experienced major delays with weather that pushed tournaments that were supposed to run Thursday and Friday into, so far, Saturday, Sunday and in one case, Monday.

Only Class 5A softball, at Wichita’s Two Rivers Youth Club, and Class 2-1A softball in Pratt were able to get in all four quarterfinal games on Thursday and remained on schedule as of Friday morning.

“It’s been a little bit of a mess, to state the obvious,” said KSHSAA assistant executive director Jeremy Holaday. “The schools have adjusted pretty well, but it’s just been so many moving pieces with 12 different sites. And it’s not as simple as picking up and moving one thing to another field, especially when you’re talking about 36 umps on each side (six at each site) for baseball and softball and fields reserved for certain times.

“We’re trying to make the best of what we can do in a tough situation, but to make everyone happy is just not gonna happen. We’re trying to keep people as up to date as we can with our Twitter page and our website and try to give people as much info as we can as we get it.”

The KSHAA Twitter page (@kshsaa) hummed with activity from Thursday through Friday morning with schedule changes and links to bracket changes on the state’s website, www.kshsaa.org.

“If you’re in from western Kansas, for example, you have to make decisions about travel and hotel rooms,” Holaday said. “Do we go home? Do we stay? We’re trying to get them as much help on our end as possible.”

More rain is expected Friday afternoon and evening. Here’s a breakdown of where each site stood as of Friday morning:

Class 6A

Baseball (Lawrence): Two of four quarterfinal games played Thursday. Two quarterfinal games and the semifinals scheduled for Friday, with the championship to be played on Saturday at 11 a.m. Third-place game is canceled.

Softball (Overland Park): Three of four quarterfinal games played Thursday. One quarterfinal and semifinals scheduled for Friday, with championship on Saturday at 11 a.m. Third-place game is canceled.

Class 5A

Baseball (Wichita, Eck Stadium): Three of four quarterfinal games played Thursday. One quarterfinal and two semifinals Friday. Championship, third-place game times still to be determined.

Softball (Wichita, TRYC): On schedule to finish Friday.

Class 4A-I

Baseball (Salina): Two of four quarterfinal games played Thursday. No games Friday or Saturday, with two quarterfinals and two semifinals scheduled for Sunday. Championship game Monday, with third-place game to be determined.

Softball (Salina): All Thursday games postponed. Four quarterfinal games and semifinals on Friday. Championship and third-place game scheduled for Saturday.

Class 4A-II

Baseball (Emporia): Site moved from Soden’s Grove to Trusler Complex. One of four quarterfinal games played Thursday. No games Friday. Three of four quarterfinals and semifinals on Saturday. Championship game Sunday, and third-place game canceled.

Softball (Emporia): Also at Trusler Complex. All Thursday games postponed. Four quarterfinal games on Friday. Championship game and third-place game on Saturday.

Class 3A

Baseball (Manhattan): One of four quarterfinal games played Thursday. Three quarterfinal games and semifinals scheduled for Friday. Championship on Saturday. Third-place game canceled.

Softball (Manhattan): All games Thursday postponed. All four quarterfinals and semifinals scheduled for Friday. Championship game scheduled for Saturday at 11 a.m. Third-place game canceled.

Class 2-1A

Baseball (Great Bend): Two of four quarterfinals played Thursday. Two quarterfinals and semifinals scheduled for Friday. Championship and third-place game times still to be determined.

Softball (Pratt): On schedule to finish Friday.

Tony Adame: 316-268-6284, @t_adame

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