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Rainy weather disrupts high school playoffs especially baseball, softball

This week’s rainy weather has played havoc with state playoffs, especially in baseball and softball where many games were postponed and officials are trying to find ways to finish the regional playoffs in time for Tuesday’s state semifinals.

Weather delays have also upset the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association baseball and golf playoffs as well as the state track and tennis regional finals.

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According to the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association web site, which oversees the state public school playoffs, 20 softball sectional finals were scheduled for Friday. Those games should have been completed Wednesday with regional finals taking place today. Many are likely to be postponed again with rain expected to continue Friday afternoon and Saturday.

Earlier this week, MPSSAA officials issued an advisory about softball and baseball scheduling, stating they understood “the daunting task of scheduling state tournament games with the recent inclement weather affecting most regions of the state.”

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The advisory said, “Teams should make every effort to play the contests.”

Games should be played on consecutive days, excluding Sunday, and teams can play doubleheaders. If the home team’s field is not playable and the visiting team’s is, the home team should play away. With the condensed schedule, the advisory also reminded baseball coaches to be cognizant of pitching limitations.

Among today’s softball postponements are both Class 4A East section finals. Glen Burnie and Severna Park will try again Saturday at 5:30 p.m. South River and North Point are also rescheduling. If they aren’t played Saturday, both will be played Monday at Severna Park with the winners playing the regional championship afterward.

Catonsville and Howard will play their Class 4A North Section I final Saturday at 2 p.m. on the turf at Mount de Sales.

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In Class 3A East Section I, Reservoir and Centennial have postponed for the third straight time and will try to play Saturday. In Section II, Chesapeake-AA and Northeast will try again Saturday at 1 p.m.

Marriotts Ridge and Glenelg will play their Class 2A South Section I final Monday at 2:30 p.m. at LaPlata. The winner will play LaPlata for the regional title at 5:30.

In Class 1A North, Dunbar and Ben Franklin will play their Setion II final at Sparrows Point Monday. The winner plays a double header, meeting Sparrows Point for the regional title.

Baseball is mostly on schedule although many of Friday’s regional finals have been postponed until Saturday. Some games have been moved to turf fields. All of the Class 4A regional championships are scheduled for Friday on the turf at Blandair Regional Park in Columbia.

One Class 3A game — Poly vs. Oxon Hill in the South Section I final — is also scheduled for Friday at 5 p.m. at Blandair Park. The one remaining Class 1A sectional final is also schedule there Friday.

State semifinals in baseball and softball are scheduled for Tuesday — baseball at several locations and softball at Bachman Park in Glen Burnie.

While some regional tennis and track meets have been delayed, they should be easier to complete before their state championships begin Thursday or next Friday. They need just one or two days for their regional championships.

In the MIAA baseball, the double-elimination tournaments were scheduled to be completed by Sunday but contingency plans are in place for as late as Tuesday.

In the A Conference, Archbishop Curley has advanced to the title game but is waiting on the winner of the Gilman-Loyola Blakefield semifinal. That game was postponed Friday and has been tenatively rescheduled for Sunday at 4 p.m. at Calvert Hall.

The title game is scheduled for Monday at Harford Community College at a time to be determined. Curley is undefeated in the tournament, but if the Friars should lose in the final, the second game of the double-elimination final, would be played Tuesday at a venue to be determined.

In the B Conference, Boys’ Latin has advanced through the winner’s bracket to the final. Glenelg Country and Gerstell also postponed today and are schedule to play Saturday at Calvert Hall at 1 p.m. The final is scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m. at Harford Community College. Should a second game be necessary, that would be played Monday at Harford Community College at a time to be determined.

The MIAA B Conference golf semifinals are also running behind schedule. Boys’ Latin awaits the John Carroll-Severn winner. That match was rained out Thursday and Severn’s home course, Chartwell Golf and Country Club in Severna Park, is closed Friday, so they will try to play at the Maryland Golf and Country Club in Bel Air Friday afternoon.

If that semifinal is played, the championship will tee off Saturday at 1:54 at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills.

The A Conference is on schedule with St. Paul’s and Gilman set to tee off for the championship at 12:54 p.m. Saturday at Caves Valley.

State and MIAA lacrosse have remained mostly on schedule, because the majority of teams have artificial turf fields and carry on despite the rain.

For complete playoff schedules, please go to the MPSSAA and MIAA web sites.

Baltimore Sun Media Group reporters Bob Hough and Tim Schwartz contributed to this article.

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