Rain puts two Tupelo tourneys on sidelines

TUPELO – Friday’s rain didn’t bring about the kind of pool play USSSA Youth Slow-Pitch World Tournament-East officials were hoping for.
The wet stuff put a damper on opening day of the 35-team, multi-age group postseason event at the Veterans and Eastwood softball facilities.
“We’re hoping to wait the rain out and play later today,” Tupelo Parks and Recreation softball director Sims Meredith said at 3 p.m. Friday as water puddled on Bush Field. “If we can’t start back today we probably won’t finish the tournament by Saturday night.”
After a round of pool play on Friday, the teams were going to be seeded for the double-elimination tournament.
Two local entries in the girls 10-under tournament suffered losses in Friday’s early games – the Tupelo Express and Monroe Magic, a recent champion in the State Games of Mississippi.
The Nettleton-based Cross Fire team did win its pool opener against the Columbus Lady Raiders.
At Sportsplex in Ballard Park, the second day of play in the 9-year-old Dizzy Dean World Series was postponed after its morning round because or rain.
There are 36 teams in the tournament field.
“It’s still raining and lightning; we haven’t been able to get anybody on the fields to work,” said Tupelo Parks and Recreation baseball director Suzanne McCormick. “The rain came so quickly that we have standing water on the fields.”
Tournament officials were updating the bracket with a few changes.
McCormick said the updated bracket would be posted online at www.tupeloparkrec.com.
Northeast Mississippi’s five entries in the tournament – Tupelo, Fulton, Saltillo, Oxford and Starkville – suffered first-round losses Thursday.
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