SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Rain and baseball don't mix

Published: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 10:43 AM.

I often feel there is no such thing as a bad day or night to cover a baseball game.

I will make the exception to extremely cold nights. And while I  might not enjoy them, I can handle cold nights.

Rainy nights — especially those like last Thursday when Crestview High School played Navarre High School in baseball — should be forbidden. Games are rarely, if ever, played when conditions deteriorate so much that the game can't be played and still look like baseball.

The handful of fans who attended the Bulldog-Raiders game will probably tell you that by the middle of the game the field had reached the point of no return, but the teams sloshed on. I was lucky to be in Crestview's dugout, but with the rain blowing, I still managed to get sufficiently wet.

By rule, the home team decides to start the game. Once a game starts, the umpires can call it at any time.

Umps almost called Thursday's game in the top of the seventh inning after the Bulldogs pushed five runs across the plate, taking a 6-1. Fortunately for Crestview, they decided to play on and the Bulldogs took a 6-3 win.

If the game had been called in the seventh inning, the score would have reverted to the last completed inning when the game was tied 1-1. The game's completion probably would have been played when Navarre visits Crestview on April 8.

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