Thursday, June 11, 2009

Rain out. Tonight's game postponed

A thunderstorm dumped heavy rains on Marion until about 15 prior to game time Thursday cancelled the finale of the Bobcat's two-game set against Tradewater. Despite being idle, however, both teams picked up a half-game on first place Sikeston with the Bulls loss against Fulton.

The game will likely be made up when the Pirates next visit Marion in early July. Gordon Guess, general manager of the Bobcats, is hoping to schedule the make-up as part of a day-night doubleheader on July 5. The Pirates will be in town on July 5-6. July 7 is an open date for both clubs, and Tradewater makes its final visit to Marion on July 11.
With Sikeston's loss, Tradewater moved into a tie with the Bulls for first place in the KIT League, with both teams at 7-4. Marion moved to 3.5 games off the pace.
Waiting out the rain before game-time Thursday, fans and players sought the shelter of the grandstands and dugout. But rainouts and baseball can make for strange bed-fellows.
Players from the opposing clubs would communicate with one another by rolling baseballs with messages scribbled on the white leather across the muddy diamond. A pair of Bobcats players also chose to run the muddy bases in their shorts, sliding into the muck at second base.
"Baseball players are likely to do anything waiting out the rain," Guess said with chuckle.
In other KIT League action Thursday:
  • Fulton 5, Sikeston 2
  • Owensboro at Union City, postponed. The Greyhounds were leading 4-0 after 4 innings when the rain started.  The game will be made up as part of a double header in July