An Ill Wind Blows in Before the Games Begin

Photos by Russ Baldwin – click a picture for a larger image.

The torrential rain and wind storm that swept through Lamar and Prowers County Thursday night, August 5, brought us some more much-needed precipitation to the area, but did it have to come in at 65 mph?

Those were probably some of the thoughts of the grounds crew at Citizens Field Thursday night and Friday as they attempted to set straight all the ill effects of the heavy rains and strong winds. A crew has been peeling back sections of sod and is wet-vac’ing away all the water built up in the outfield along the warning track. The pitcher’s mound is uncovered and drying out, and members from the Lamar Community College softball team volunteered their time to help open some of the drains along the outer wall along the outfield fence. These last-minute repairs and preparations are in advance of Saturday’s opening day and first games for Lamar to host the Babe Ruth 16U Softball World Series through August 13.

The wind was strong enough to literally slide the bleachers behind home plate out of position, shred numerous banners that received last-minute repairs and tipped over the porta-poties in the parking lot. Fortunately those had not been put into use as of last night, but are now securely anchored in place in case of future storms.

World Series Committee member Pat Palmer said he accompanied the final teams from DIA that arrived at the airport around 10pm last night, and didn’t encounter a single storm on the way in. He did say there was a lot of team singing and spirit to be observed during the four-hour trip, though. Those teams arrived in Lamar around 2am, Friday and were dropped off at their motels. They’re receiving their briefing today.

By Russ Baldwin

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