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After a relatively calm spring, the rain has started to play havoc with the baseball and softball playoffs while postseason lacrosse is standing pat.

All the baseball and softball state public school semifinals originally set for today have been moved to tomorrow. The Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association baseball finals, wiped out yesterday, have been rescheduled.

State baseball semifinals are set for tomorrow at 4 and 7 p.m. with the Class 4A games at Prince George's Stadium in Bowie; 3A at Joe Cannon Stadium in Harmans; 2A at Arundel in Gambrills; and 1A at McCurdy Field in Frederick.

"With the forecast being what it is for tomorrow [today], we thought it would be better to reschedule for Wednesday," said Anne Arundel County's Rick Wiles, the director of the state baseball committee.

The main ramification when public school baseball games are postponed is pitching. Pitchers are allowed "a maximum 14 innings in any seven calendar-day period," 10 innings within a three-day period.

The pitching rule affects the Class 4A teams, whose final is set for 7 p.m. Friday.

Glenelg Country School will attempt to play host to a MIAA C Conference final at 1:30 today against Sts. Peter and Paul while a doubleheader at Cannon is set for Thursday to settle the B and A Conference titles.

Mount Carmel and Chapelgate are on for 12 noon Thursday in the B final with No. 3 Curley and No. 12 St. Paul's to follow at 3 for the A Conference title.

All three MIAA games have an if necessary game, and executive director Rick Diggs says they are tentatively set for the homes of the higher seeds on Friday.

The worse-case scenario for Diggs and the MIAA would be public school postponements tomorrow, which means the public schools would get Thursday as their rain day for two games (4 and 7 p.m.). That would force time changes to earlier starts or site changes for the MIAA.

The entire schedule of eight softball state semifinals at Randazzo Park has been moved from today to tomorrow.

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