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Winter weather pushes Spring Break baseball tourney back a day
by Damian Tromerhauser
Apr 08, 2013 | 1526 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With a thin layer of snow blanketing the field and a strong wind howling down from the mountains Monday morning, the decision was made to postpone the start of the Spanish Springs Spring break baseball tournament to Tuesday.

“The main thing was just the fact that the rest of the week is supposed to be a lot nicer than today,” Spanish Springs coach Ben Hofmann said. “We’re just going to take today’s schedule and push it to Tuesday. Today is supposed to be the worst day of the week weather wise. So even if the sun does come out a little bit it’s still going to be windy and still going to be cold. Pushing forward, it is supposed to be really nice so if everybody is available the rest of the week, we figured we might as well push it back a day.”

Along with Spanish Springs, the seven-team double elimination tourney is made up by Carson, Douglas, McQueen, North Valleys, Reed and South Tahoe with games being hosted at both Spanish Springs and Carson.

While the weather was one factor, Hofmann said the other key factor was making sure that each of the other teams was open to pushing the tournament back. And after making a number of quick calls to the other coaches, the Monday start was officially cancelled.

“No one had any issues with it,” Hofmann said. “North Valleys is the team that has league games Thursday and Saturday, but they were OK with playing it Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. So that will be the only slight change we make. That was definitely a part of our decision, making sure the other teams were open to it. As long as the other teams were OK with it, we were good to go.”

Reed baseball coach John Phenix said the minor change from a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday format to Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday will have no impact on the Raiders’ plans for the week.

“No, not at all,” he said. “We’re going to play the kids that haven’t gotten a lot of playing time. Pitching wise, we’ve already kind of set the rotation for the tournament anyways to give some of the other kids a chance to pitch."
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