15-year-old All-Stars’ first game rained out

Published 12:00 am Monday, July 18, 2005

GADSDEN–Hurricane Dennis moved through the area Thursday night, canceling…no, wait, that was last weekend.

But it didn’t feel like it to the West Alabama 15-year-old Babe Ruth All-Star team, who had to sit idly by as rain pelted the field of play in Gadsden and eventually led to the postponement of their opening game of the 15-year-old state tournament.

“It’s frustrating,” head coach Bud Phillips said from Gadsden.

All play was suspended with Central Alabama, the 15-year-old team representing Linden and Butler, trailing 4-1 in the seventh inning to Westside, a team hailing from the Mobile area. The West Alabama game was at first re-scheduled for 8 p.m., but as the rain continued tournament organizers eventually made the decision to postpone the game.

The postponements led the coaches of the competing teams to begin searching for an alternate field of play Friday morning, since the single field originally designated for the tournament could not accommodate all scheduled games and postponements–and was still in the process of being drained as of Friday morning.

“The coaches are trying to find another field we can play on,” Phillips said. “I told [the organizers], you can’t play eight games on one field.”

Phillips said the coaches had begun looking at (and preparing) a field at Emma Sansom High School, but didn’t know if approval for play there would be finalized Friday or not.

Although tentative, West Alabama’s postponed game was eventually re-scheduled for 5 p.m. Friday afternoon.

West Alabama’s 15-year-old All-Stars are Lane Phillips, Walter Hudgens, and Drew Tucker of Greene County Steam Plant; Joseph Reed and Rob Rorie of Community Bank; Jason Fondren, Scott Cannon, and Mark Geiger of New Era Cap Co.; and Matthew McGilberry, Palmer O’Neal, and John Mackey of Parr’s Chevron. They are coached by Bud Phillips, Kip Yelverton, Mike Owen, and Jim Hudgens.