Archive for Thursday, July 5, 2007

Rain washes out Lansing Tourney

July 5, 2007

Three days of constant rain caused little if any flooding in the city last weekend, but the downpour was significant enough to wash out the inaugural American Legion Lansing Tournament at the Lansing High baseball field.

"It was just bad luck," Lansing Cavalry coach Jake Hanson said. "I don't imagine there were a lot of places that could play in the area."

Although Hanson said he was disappointed that the tournament was canceled, he said he expects the tournament to return - and actually be played - next year. He said he and his fellow organizers learned a lot this year that would help with future tournaments.

He said advertising the tournament on the American Legion Web site would be beneficial. This year's tournament field included seven teams, and Hanson said that posting the event earlier should help round out an eight-team field.

Hanson also said they learned that combating rain might not be quite as difficult in the future.

"The biggest thing I learned was that Dirk (Hutchison, event organizer) was able to go out and get Diamond Dry on quick notice," Hanson said. "I couldn't believe how quickly it dried up the field. Having that on hand going into the Zone Tournament is going to help us out a lot."

Hanson said the Cavalry found out first-hand just how quickly the Diamond Dry works. When the rain finally stopped on Saturday, the team began working on the field and spread some of the surface-drying solution on the field. It absorbed the water so quickly that the Cavalry was able to play a game Sunday evening against the Bonner Pirates that Lansing won, 13-2. The victory improved the Cavalry's record to 15-3-1.

"I've always said if it doesn't rain the day of the game, we'll be able to get the field ready," Hanson said. "We kind of proved that because with 10 inches or rain or whatever we got, we were still able to get that ready. It just takes a lot of manpower."

The Cavalry next play at 6 p.m. Thursday at Piper. Then from Friday through Sunday they'll compete at a tournament in Emporia.

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