Rain Washes Away Softball Games, Tourney's in Limbo

Panama City Beach, FL---The bad weather blowing through our region Friday having a serious effect on the Gulf Coast Softball Beach Classic, with 11 juco teams set to take part.

Not to mention the 21 team Florida-Alabama Softball Challenge hosted by Arnold.

Both set to open up play Friday at Frank Brown Park.

The Lady Commodores, who made their home opener just Thursday, splitting a twinbill with Chattanooga State, supposed to play three games Friday.

Coach Painter telling me they had to cancel all of Friday's games, and they're hoping to start up play Saturday morning at 9, though she knows that's very optimistic given Saturday's forecast.
She says one team from up north has already turned around before getting down here, and one other team is considering heading home tonight. Coach Painter says they will start playing games as soon as the weather clears, including games on Sunday.

As for the high school tournament, Arnold coach Rick Green telling me he's very disappointed given they have 7 state champions set to play this weekend.

He too says they'll give a try starting Saturday morning, but knows that may not happen.

Florida High School teams are not usually allowed to play on Sundays, but coach Green says he did get a waiver from the FHSAA to play Sunday should the weather clear. So the teams from in-state can play, but the Alabama teams have no such waiver, and will have to head back home without any games played if tomorrow's a washout.

Either way coach Green remains optimistic and as he puts it, they'll give it another go next year.


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