Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Weather Postpones State Baseball, Softball Openers for Five City Squads ; Storm: State Tournament Games Expected to Resume Friday Morning

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Weather Postpones State Baseball, Softball Openers for Five City Squads ; Storm: State Tournament Games Expected to Resume Friday Morning

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For the second straight year, inclement weather throughout Kansas delayed the debuts of several teams storming into state tournaments.

Five city baseball and softball teams -- including Seaman baseball and both Hayden and Washburn Rural squads -- had their state quarterfinals games either suspended or postponed entirely Thursday, part of 10 classes across the state with at least partially postponed opening rounds.

- Third-seeded Washburn Rural softball, part of the only Class 6A game not completed Thursday, will now face Wichita Northwest at 11 a.m. Friday at Blue Valley West in Stilwell, with the winner facing Olathe East in a semifinal later Friday.

- Hayden, the No. 8 seed in the completely postponed Class 4A Division II tournament, will face top-seeded Haven at 10 a.m. Friday at Trusler Sports Complex in Emporia, with the winner advancing to a 4 p.m. semifinal.

Both softball locations moved their championship games to 11 a.m. Saturday and canceled the third-place contests.

In addition to the softball postponements, the Junior Blues and Wildcat baseball teams both saw their opening-round games suspended.

- Seventh-seeded Washburn Rural was locked in a scoreless 6A contest against Wichita Northwest when its game was suspended in the second inning, where it will resume at 10 a.m. Friday at Hoglund Ballpark in Lawrence.

- Hayden, the sixth seed in 4A Division II, owned a 6-0 lead on Rock Creek before weather suspended play in the fourth, where the game will resume at 10 a.m. Friday at Soden's Grove Baseball Field in Emporia.

- The day's final postponement came when officials at the Class 5A baseball meet in Wichita postponed fifth-seeded Seaman's contest against fourth-seeded Aquinas to 10 a.m. Friday. The decision was made at about 10:20 p.m. Thursday as another strand of poor weather approached. …

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