Severe weather takes it’s toll on baseball and softball

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Clint Cole - DCN: A torrential downpour that passed through Adel, Dallas County and the Des Moines metro area dumped a lot of rain on the baseball and softball fields. The A-D-M baseball field (shown above) had standing water on the infield and advertisement banners pulled off the fence by the wind.

On Monday afternoon severe storms ripped through central Iowa, including Dallas County dumping inches upon inches of rain on baseball and softball fields across the county. When the day was through, all the games for Monday night had been canceled.

The Adel-DeSoto-Minburn baseball and softball teams were supposed to play Winterset on Monday night, but large puddles of water in the infield kept them off the field for the evening. The banners for advertisements on the back fence of the baseball field were blown around and some were hanging off the fence.

At about 3:30 p.m., however, A-D-M softball coach Rick Dillinger was out walking the softball field and wasn’t so sure that they were going to cancel their game just yet. He said that the outfield was “playable” and that he might be able to get the infield dry using a product called Diamond Dry, a biodegradable and renewable product made from corn cobs, according to the manufacturer’s website, and he said that he would be able to get the rest with a wet vac.

Another round of heavy rain rolled through Adel at around 4:30 p.m. and caused the game to be canceled, however. The Tigers also had games canceled on June 26 and through the weekend.

Dallas Center-Grimes also canceled their baseball and softball games for Monday evening. Those wishing to go to the baseball field that night would’ve found it difficult to park as most of the parking lot behind the baseball field was under water.

“The later in the season, the more difficult it gets,” said DC-G activities director Steve Watson of rescheduling rained out games. “You just run out of dates. Sometimes you’ve got to get creative.”

On their Twitter account, @DCGACTIVITIES tweeted that the make up game for the baseball team against Oskaloosa will be on July 12 at 1 p.m. in Dallas Center while the softball team’s make up game will be on July 8 at 6 p.m.

They had to cancel a game against Newton on July 8 in order to make room for the makeup game against Oskaloosa since the game will have conference championship implications.

DC-G is one of the only schools in the area to utilize Twitter to get news of cancellations out to the public.

“Twitter gets the news out to the public really fast and it gets out to a lot of people,” Watson said.

The Van Meter baseball team rescheduled Monday night’s game at Odgen to July 11, beginning with JV at 5 p.m. while the softball team made up their game at Ogden on Wednesday night.

For Waukee, a make up date for their double header at Ankeny Centennial has not been announced, but the softball team has rescheduled the games for Thursday.

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