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March 26, 2014

TU postpones weekend series

Rescheduled tilt with Valdosta State unlikely

THOMASVILLE —

The Thomas baseball team has already rescheduled this weekend’s  conference series against NAIA No. 24 Southeastern with a 70 percent chance of rain expected, according to the Weather Channel.

The three games, initially slated for Friday and Saturday, have been pushed to Sunday and Monday, where this only a 10 percent chance of precipitation.

Sunday will assume the Saturday doubleheader, and start at 1 p.m. Monday will assume the Friday single game, and begin at noon.

Thomas coach Mike Lee said he’d pondered the decision as early as last weekend, then pulled the trigger around lunch time on Wednesday.

“We all deal with limited budgets, so we’d rather push it back to be sure than spend an extra night or two in a hotel,” Lee said. “It worked into both our schedules pretty well.”

This is just the second time this season that Mother Nature has dampened the Night Hawks’ schedule, with last week’s tilt against Valdosta State canceled altogether. Thomas has largely been on the road this season, however, and plays the next four weekend series at home during the midst of April showers.

Lee, however, said Thomas planned for this as far back as last spring, and implemented irrigation adjustments to Varnedoe Field to prevent problems this season.

“It’d been a problem the last few years, so we went ahead and leveled out the infield and got grade back on it,” Lee said. “I’ve been by on rainy days where it’s poured all morning and it’s soaked in or run off by noon, which usually allows us to get ready for the afternoon.

“It’s been good. I can’t complain.”

Lee added that there is a slight, though improbable chance, Thomas and VSU reschedule their game from last week.

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