Excuse me if I have to again express cynicism about Babe Ruth baseball, but after all the mind-boggling decisions I have seen over the years, it is hard not to.
You can read the story I wrote for tomorrow’s paper below, but rather than follow the two options Stamford was presented with, or allowing Stamford to play Monday, an off day, it is being forced to play a doubleheader Tuesday.
You can’t make this stuff up!
Here’s the story:
The Stamford Babe Ruth 15-year-old All-Star team was inconvenienced when its scheduled World Series game against host Monticello, Ark., was rained out Sunday night.
Then it got punished by tournament officials.
In the type of puzzling decision-making that has become commonplace in Babe Ruth play, Stamford’s game was moved until Tuesday night at 8 p.m. It already has an 11 a.m. contest against Torrance, Calif., on Tuesday, and that has now been pushed up an hour.
The bottom line is that Stamford, which is 0-2 in pool play, will be forced to play a doubleheader and almost certainly needs to win both games to have a chance to advance.
“Of course it doesn’t make sense,” Stamford coach John Calo said Sunday night. “We are going to accept it and do the best we can.”
Rain and lightning caused the postponement of Sunday’s game. There was a banquet scheduled for after the contest, and Calo said he was given the choice of playing the game afterward, or at 9 a.m. today, which was supposed to be an off day.
“I don’t think it is fair to the boys,” Calo said. “We were given two options and to come in with a third option… I don’t know what the variables are.”
Stamford lost its World Series opener to Saginaw Valley, Mich., 5-4; then was defeated by Hamburg, Ark., 9-3. It is currently the only team in the National Division without a win. The top three finishers in the six-team division advance to single-elimination play.
Calo said he has not decided on his pitching rotation. Steven D’Annolfo was scheduled to start Sunday and will likely get the ball for one of Tuesday’s games. Calo said he could also use Danny O’Leary, who started Friday’s opener against Saginaw Valley, or all-purpose pitcher Luis Lopez.
“The kids know the situation and are revved up to play,” Calo said. “They know their backs are up against the wall.”
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