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Keeping tournaments on track a 'daunting task'

As the rain continues around the area with a forecast that doesn’t show much improvement over the next few days, plans are being discussed to keep the region tournaments as close to on schedule as possible.

Area softball teams still alive in region tournaments saw their games postponed for a second straight day on Thursday. While those games were pushed to Friday, the forecast calls for rain to continue well into the weekend.

Baseball teams still alive (Chesapeake, Severna Park, Kent Island) are scheduled to play in region finals on Friday.

In a response to questions from some of its region directors, the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA) issued a state tournament advisory on Thursday.

“The MPSSAA understands the daunting task of scheduling state tournament games with the recent inclement weather affecting most regions of the state,” the advisory stated.

In the advisory, clearance was given to play games on consecutive days until catching up with the state tournament time frame. It also stated that teams should make every effort to play the games, even moving the location to the opposing team’s field or even a neutral field. Doubleheaders have also been cleared, meaning, in the example of baseball and softball, two teams may play the remainder of their entire seven-inning contests at the hosting site of the next round. After completion of the first game, the second game shall be played.

Baseball region finals are scheduled, weather permitting, across the state on Friday, with state semifinals set to take place on Tuesday at four sites across the state.

The situation for softball is a little tougher. Most regions are still at the section final stage, meaning two games need to be played before the state semifinals, which are scheduled for Tuesday at Bachman Park.

Region track and tennis tournaments scheduled over the next few days are likely to also be affected. Contingency plans are also being discussed for those sports.

One sport which hasn’t been affected, other than a few postponements earlier in the week, is lacrosse. State semifinal games will take place on Friday and Saturday at various sites across the state. The South River girls and Severna Park boys teams will play at Gaithersburg High School on Friday night, while the Kent Island boys and girls teams are playing Saturday afternoon at Northeast.

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