A steady rain washed out yet another Sedalia Bombers game on Tuesday. Less than half an hour before the scheduled 7 p.m. first pitch against the Nevada Griffons, the rain had not let up enough to allow the game to be played.
For the Bombers, it is the second rainout in a row. Monday’s scheduled game at St. Joseph was also washed out. It is the third in the past week.
Even when they have tried to make up games, the rain has come. The scheduled June 25 game against Branson became a doubleheader because of an earlier rainout and the second game was rained out. Monday’s scheduled game at St. Joseph was itself a make-up date for one of the seven rainouts in early June.
Through it all, manager Craig McAndrews is trying to keep the team sharp.
“We hit every day,” he said. “We do what we can. We always throw bullpens and plate sets, have our guys do infield stuff.”
The team is able to make use of the indoor facilities at the Kindle Sports Academy.
“We can do a lot of stuff in there,” McAndrews said. “It’s not a game, but it still keeps us sharp. The big thing is, you have to give guys a day off instead of keep going inside. They do need a day to relax and we have played a lot of games in a row. The rainout doesn’t kill you, but when you have two of them, you get tired of the rain for sure.”
The Bombers are already scheduled to play three doubleheaders next week to make up for some of the rainouts with the possibility of another to make up for Tuesday’s rain out.
“I think we’re going to have 12 games next week unless we can get something worked out where we can push the MINK League Championship back a week,” McAdnrews said. “Hopefully we can do that. If not, you might see me and Jud (Kindle) and coach (Adam) Steyer all pitching next week.”
On Tuesday, the rain came rolling in early and the team didn’t get through batting practice or infield practice. McAndrews will try to make up for some of that with the scheduled Wednesday trip to face the Clarinda A’s.
“We’ll try to get to Clarinda early and try to get some extra work in and try to get on the field,” he said. “It’s tough, but at the same time, we’re not the only team dealing with it.”
McAndrews said there are frustrations in dodging the raindrops so often in one summer, but with an outdoor sport, it is something you come to expect.
“Guys want to play every day, but they don’t want to play doubleheaders every day,” he said.
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