WENATCHEE — The heavy rainstorms that sped through the Wenatchee Valley on Thursday ended any hopes the Wenatchee AppleSox had of completing their series against the Walla Walla Sweets on schedule.
The downpour ended shortly before the 7:05 p.m. gametime, but the damage had been done to the field at Paul Thomas Sr. Baseball Stadium on Wenatchee Valley College’s campus, and the teams were forced to postpone the contest.
“It came hard and fast,” Sox head coach Ed Knaggs said of the storm in a phone interview. “We had a lot of standing water all over the place — the plate, the baselines, first and second and short and third. It was a mess.”
Knaggs said the team didn’t have enough drying agent to ensure a reasonable start time to the game.
“We weren’t going to sit there and hold the Walla Walla guys while we waited,” the skipper said.
The Sweets have a home game tonight against the Victoria HarbourCats, while the AppleSox have the night off.
Thursday’s game was highly anticipated because last night’s Wenatchee win put the Sox ahead of Walla Walla in the West Coast League North Division standings. The game will likely be rescheduled to next Thursday — the next day both teams have free — pending league approval.
The AppleSox have seven WCL games remaining. Just a game-and-a-half separate the top three teams in the North. Knaggs said he wasn’t sure how the forced day off would affect his team, which is embroiled in a close race.
“We’re playing pretty well, you’d like to think it would be nice to play, but who knows what it will be like in a week,” he said. “But you have to play your schedule. It’s not always great, but the weather is something we don’t control.”