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Postponement forces Deer Lakes softball to play waiting game

| Friday, June 7, 2013, 12:26 a.m.

Deer Lakes' run in the state softball playoffs was delayed a day — and maybe longer if wet weather continues.

Rain and unplayable field conditions forced PIAA officials to postpone a number of quarterfinal playoff games to Friday.

One was the Class AA game between Deer Lakes (19-1) and Philipsburg-Osceola (22-1) at Bedford High School. That game now is set for 11:30 a.m. Friday at the same site.

With more rain in the forecast, the potential exists for the game to move to a different site.

Riverside (20-0) was scheduled to play Ligonier Valley (17-4) in Kennedy Township, but that game was moved to Friday at Woodland Hills, which has a turf field.

There also has been discussion about games being moved to Saturday, if necessary. The semifinals are scheduled for Monday.

Deer Lakes did not even board a bus Thursday, and instead took extra at-bats in the school's indoor hitting cage.

“You can't worry about things you can't control,” Deer Lakes coach Craig Taliani said. “We're looking at it as another opportunity to practice.”

One potential issue for Deer Lakes is that the school's graduation is set for 6 p.m. Friday. So, if the game is pushed to later in the day, the team's four seniors could be pressed for time.

“It could be a pretty exciting day,” Deer Lakes senior shortstop Becca Babincak said. “I am really looking forward to playing. It makes me want to win even more since I get to go back and see all my classmates.

“We'll just have to deal with the adversity.”

Last year, Deer Lakes had its game against Martinsburg Central postponed a day in the same round of the playoffs, at St. Francis (Pa.). The Lancers were dealt a 4-2 loss, but made it home for graduation.

Bill Beckner Jr. is the local sports editor of the Valley News Dispatch. Reach him at bbeckner@tribweb.com.

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