Rain shortens pre-tournament week
With tournaments just around the corner for Tonganoxie little league baseball and softball teams, the amount of rain the area has received recently has come at a bad time.
T-ball games were cancelled June 23. When the Tonganoxie Recreation Commission rescheduled these games for last Monday and Tuesday, Mother Nature threw two more days of rain at Tonganoxie.
Most baseball and softball games were cancelled those days, too.
And just when Mark Zerrer, Tonganoxie Recreation Commission director, needed to get as many games in last week as possible, the rain came again on Friday.
Since the recreation commission scheduled no games on Saturday, Sunday, Monday or Tuesday in honor of Independence Day, it was important to get as many games in before then as it could.
But because of the rain and the holiday, seven days were cut to two. Not many games were played at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds last week.
"We had a dry April and May," Zerrer said. "Now it's the busiest month of the year, with the most games to play, and we get all this rain in June."
Zerrer said he hoped the weather stayed clear for upcoming tournaments.
If the teams want to shake off some of the rust from this week off, they also could use some clear skies so they can get a couple of games in before the tournaments begin.
Zerrer said that there are some high-quality teams playing this year, and that tournament games, especially those toward the end of the tournament, should be close and exciting to watch.
He said many of the close games that he has seen this season have come as a result of solid defense. Zerrer said he expected that to carry through into the tournament.
He pointed to a dry preseason as part of the reason that defense was good even in the first games of summer,
when defense usually is rusty because teams hadn't practiced much.
This year there was more time to practice.
"We had a good preseason," Zerrer said. "Teams were able to get more practice early on, and that had a little to do with all the good games we've had."
Tournament play begins next Tuesday. All tournaments are double-elimination.
Of the eight tournaments this year, four of them will be played at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds.
The first round for 9-10 age division baseball tournament will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The second round will begin at 8 p.m. following the end of the first round.
The championship game will be played at 8 p.m. July 14.
The 11-12 age division will also play its tournament at the fairgrounds. Play begins at 6:30 p.m. July 13. The championship game will be played at 6:30 p.m. on July 16.
The 13-14 age division will play its tournament July 15 and 16 at Bonner Springs.
Linwood is the site for the 7-8 age division baseball tournament. It begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday, with the championship game being played at 2 p.m. July 15.
All softball games will begin on July 15.
The 7-8 age division will play here.7
The 9-10 age division will play in Basehor.
The 11-12 age division will play in Basehor.
The 13-14 age division will play in Lansing.
In case of rain, games will be shortened to three or four innings.