Postponement forces Deer Lakes softball to play waiting game
TribLIVE Sports Videos
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 email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.