Senior League World Series director has game plan if rain hits tourney

Senior League World Series director Mike Brooker
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Senior League World Series director Mike Brooker
Posted Aug. 12, 2014, at 4:40 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 12, 2014, at 8:45 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Rain is in the forecast for Wednesday and Thursday but Senior League World Series tournament director Mike Brooker isn’t ready to push the panic button yet.

However, he is moving up the game times.

Wednesday’s opener between Latin America champ Willemstad, Curacao, 2-0, and Europe-Africa titlist Emilia, Italy, 0-2, will begin at 9:30 a.m instead of 10 a.m. and they will play the other three games within 30 minutes of the conclusion of the previous game.

Brooker said based on his research, the rain is scheduled to move into the area around 6 p.m.

The second game between Asia-Pacific (Saipan) and 0-3 Canada (Regina, Saskatchewan) is scheduled for a noon start rather than 1 p.m.; the game between 2-0 teams Bangor and U.S. Southeast champion Dumfries, Virginia, will begin at 2:30 p.m. instead of 5 p.m. and the final game between 1-2 Bristol, Connecticut, the East titlist, and 0-2 U.S. Central winner Grand Rapids, Michigan, will start at 5 p.m. rather than 8 p.m.

Asia-Pacific took an 0-1 record into a late Tuesday night game against U.S. West titlist Wailuku, Hawaii.

“This field can take a lot of water,” said Brooker. “If it drizzles, we can play through it. If it is unplayable, we will reach out to the University of Maine like we did a couple of years ago. Husson has already replaced its mound because they use the field for football [so we can’t use it].”

The University of Maine’s Mahaney Diamond in Orono and the Winkin Complex at Husson University in Bangor each have FieldTurf, which enables games to be played in rain if games have to be moved there.

Pool play continues through Thursday, with the semifinals slated for Friday at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

The championship game will be Saturday at 2:07 p.m. and will be televised live on ESPNU.

Canadians enjoying experience

Despite the fact they’ve lost their first three games, the players from Canadian champ Regina, Saskatchewan, said they will have fond memories of their Senior League World Series appearance.

“This has been the best experience of my life,” said left fielder Kaine Moate. “We’re just the second team from Saskatchewan in 52 years to make it [this far]. Everybody is so helpful here.”

“Even though we haven’t won, it has been a lot of fun,” said designated hitter Lucas Yanko. “There has been a great environment. Everybody is friendly. There’s great competition.”

“The atmosphere is unreal during games,” said infielder-pitcher Parker Filazek. “You don’t get a chance to play on a big stage like this, so you’ve got to soak it in.”

The Canadian champs will try to salvage a win at noon Wednesday when they play Asia-Pacific winner the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

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