Three hours of constant rain Friday morning postponed the Class 4A and Class 3A/2A West Central District high school fastpitch championships, guaranteeing the tournaments will carry into Sunday.
Saturday’s schedule will remain the same, weather permitting. First-round 4A district games at Kent’s Service Fields will begin at 11 a.m., and 3A/2A district games at Sprinker Fields in Spanaway will start at 10 a.m.
Officials at both tournaments made the call when puddles started forming on the dirt infields, and the outfield grass became slippery and dangerous.
“They were great when I arrived at 8 o’clock. It started raining at 9, but they were still playable,” said Kentwood High School athletic director JoAnne Daughtry, the 4A tournament manager.
“(The rain) needed to stop, and it didn’t. The umpires checked the fields … which were groomed and beautiful, but if you stepped on them, they were squishy.”
Mark Swofford, the WCD 3A/2A tournament director, said a decision was held off until right before the scheduled start of the first game.
“We made the call because other teams were en route,” Swofford said. “And we also didn’t want people just standing around.”
Last year, the WCD eliminated its Sunday waiver policy, allowing delayed tournaments to extend deeper into the weekend.Todd Milles: 253-597-8442 todd.milles@ thenewstribune.com