Rain shifts Senior League World Series games to University of Maine campus

By Ernie Clark, BDN Staff
Posted Aug. 16, 2012, at 12:57 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Steady rain overnight and throughout the morning Thursday has prompted changes in the schedule and location of the final day of pool play at the Senior League World Series.

The games, originally scheduled for Mansfield Stadium in Bangor, have been moved to the artificial surface at Mahaney Diamond on the campus of the University of Maine in Orono.

SLWS executive director Mike Brooker said he was in contact with Little League officials in Williamsport, Pa., throughout the early morning hours in an effort to gain approval for playing Thursday’s games at an alternate site than Mansfield Stadium, which is a natural-grass facility.

That approval came at approximately 9:30 a.m., and the move to the University of Maine became official a half-hour later, Brooker said.

Tournament organizers got the first game of the day, a Pool B game featuring Brevard County, Fla., (2-1) and Emilia, Italy, (1-2) under way at 11:41 a.m.

Brevard County went on to post a 13-2 victory.

Three other games are scheduled to be played Thursday, each starting 20 minutes after the completion of the previous game.

The second game of the day will match U.S. Southwest champion West University Little League of Houston, Texas, (2-1) vs. U.S. West champion Lemon Grove, Calif. (3-0) in a Pool B game. That will be followed by a Pool A game between Montreal, Quebec, (1-2) and Auburn, Mass., (1-2).

The final game under the revised schedule will have Maine District 3 champion Hampden (1-2) against Latin America champion Guatemala City, Guatemala (3-0) in a Pool A match up.

Guatemala City, Guatemala, is the only team in the 10-team field to have clinched a berth in Friday’s semifinals before Thursday’s play. The Latin American champions are 3-0 and have clinched the top seed in Pool A.

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