IronBirds see final game, playoff hopes, washed away by rain

Randy McRoberts

The Aberdeen IronBirds home season and their desire to play in the New York-Penn League’s postseason both came to an end Tuesday night without a single pitch thrown.

Late afternoon thunderstorms moved into Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium and the rain stuck around for several hours. The call came a matter of minutes after 11 p.m. from the NYPL office, that the game was canceled due to unplayable field conditions.

The matter could have all been taken care of a little earlier, but Hudson Valley lost in Lowell, Mass. The Renegades magic number was one and with them losing, Aberdeen was still alive.

But, with Aberdeen unable to play, the Renegades magic number is reduced to zero and the ‘Birds are eliminated.

It seemed at 10 p.m., there was a chance there could still be baseball after the tarp was removed. Field crews armed with rakes, squeegees, bags of Turface and blowers worked hard to get water off the field and the warning track.

Tens of IronBirds fans stuck around to see the final game, but there was none to see.

Aberdeen (40-33) will play its final two games of the 2017 season at Hudson Valley tonight (Wednesday) and Thursday. Both games are 6:35 p.m. starts.

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