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Storms lead to area postponements

Several rain storms have caused numerous local sports events to be rescheduled.

March 26, 2011|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com

GLENDALE — Glendale High Athletic Director Pat Lancaster took a short walk from his classroom to the school's baseball field Friday morning to check on the condition of the venue. He wasn't surprised by what he saw after a steady rain pelted the area late Thursday night.

"The field was very soggy, but it looked like a river flowing down the third-base line," Lancaster said.

That weather elements forced Lancaster — and other local school athletic directors — to make contingency plans and reschedule several outdoor events.

Glendale was scheduled to face Burbank in a Pacific League baseball contest Friday, but Lancaster said it will now be played at 3:30 p.m. Monday at Glendale.

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"We played a junior varsity baseball game between Glendale and Pasadena on Thursday after it was originally scheduled to be played Tuesday," Lancaster said. "Then we moved it to Wednesday and it rained, so we had to play it Thursday.

"The only way Friday's game would have been played was if it had been 100 degrees."

Glendale and Burbank were scheduled to meet in a Pacific League softball game at McCambridge Park in Burbank on Thursday, but it was called off because the Park, Recreation and Community Services Dept. would not allow the teams on the field.

Lancaster said that game will be played at 3:30 p.m. Monday at McCambridge.

"It really impacts you for next week because now you have three baseball and softball games instead of the normal two," Lancaster said. "We've had to postpone some things a couple of times, but you want the field conditions to be safe."

The rain has most affected Hoover. The Tornadoes' baseball team had its second Pacific League baseball game postponed Friday. Hoover was set to meet Crescenta Valley on Friday night at Stengel Field, but the field conditions weren't sufficient, forcing the game to be shifted to 5 p.m. Monday at the same location.

Hoover must also make up a league road game against Burbank after the teams had been set to play Tuesday at Burbank. An earlier storm left the field wet and the teams haven't rescheduled a makeup date, Hoover Athletic Director Jack Van Patten said.

Van Patten said a league softball contest between Burbank and Hoover, which was to have taken place last Tuesday, will still need to be made up.

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