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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: Weather could cram Phillies schedule

Diary of a Mad Sportswriter

Stan Hudy is a sportswriter for The Saratogian and Community News. He covers high school and youth sports in the Saratoga County area as well as writing a weekly book review on sports books. He's not just a "stick and ball" sportswriter, he's willing to take on any sport as well as any subject.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Weather could cram Phillies schedule

The weather gods are not on the same page as the baseball gods, at least that's how the Saratoga Phillies season has started out.

The Phillies were rained out of their 2008 season opener at Bennington June 6. The contest is going to made up this Saturday, June 14 in the Green Mountain State.

To make matters even more interesting, Saratoga's home opener, tonight, was halted after 2 1/2 innings due to lightning. As the 30-minute delay was being constantly re-set by visible strikes in the distance, the rain finally came, soaking the field and ending any chances Saratoga or Amsterdam had of getting the game in.

With only one rain date pre-determined on the Phillies schedule, July 31, Saratoga could resume the game Sunday afternoon before the scheduled 7 p.m. re-match with the Mohawks at East Side Rec.

That would give the Phillies, a team with only two games completed in four attempts to open the season, four contests over two days, within the first full week of the 2008 season.

Mondays are typically reserved as rain dates, but Saratoga was already committed to painting the gym at the Mechanicville Community Center.

"Keith (Rogers) asked me if I wanted to play Bennington Monday or Saturday," Saratoga manager Kevin Graber said. "I told him we were painting on Monday, so it had to be Saturday."

Then came Tuesday night's wonderful, weather treat.

"I'd prefer not to play four games in two days," Graber said. "But we may have to."

What becomes interesting is that Eric Potter, who started tonight against Amsterdam, could be back on the hill to face the Mohawks on Sunday, especially with the doubleheader set for Saturday and the potential for the halted resumption Sunday afternoon.

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