August 6, 2014

Grizzlies to play two Thursday

Looking to build on the its momentum following a 4-2 road trip, the Gateway Grizzlies were derailed by an opponent they couldn't overcome on Wednesday at GCS Ballpark -- the elements and a backed up pipe.

Heavy rain which caused several inches of water to back up in both dugouts along with a stormy forecasts of more showers moving through the area caused the postponement of the Gateway-Normal game.

Gateway (41-28) entered play on Wednesday tied for second place in the Frontier League's West Division with Schaumburg, one game behind River City. The game on Wednesday will be made up on Thursday as part of a doubleheader beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The postponement also means Gateway manager Phil Warren must wait another day to try pick up his 400th career win as manager of the Grizzlies. Warren is in his eighth year as Gateway's skipper.

With the first pitch just minutes away, heavy rain caused both fans and players heading for cover. The storm which included lightning and strong winds, lasted several minutes as several inches of water began to collect in both dugouts.

When the rain stopped, Grizzlies personnel feverishly worked with buckets to empty the dugouts as players from both teams returned to their clubhouses.

The initial estimate was that there was 4 to 5 inches of water in both dugouts

"Maybe more. There might have been 6 inches of standing water,'' Gateway general manager Steve Gomric said. "With that being the lowest part of the field, it's happened before.

"We have pumps but there had to have been a clog in there somewhere, which caused the backup of water and the water to accumulate in the dugouts.''

Rain then began to fall again later in the evening and finally at 8:51 p.m. after a delay of 1 hour, 46 minutes, the umpires made the decision to call it an evening.

More rain is in the forecast for the St. Louis area on Thursday.

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