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Rain pushes back softball tournaments

Fri., May 28, 2010, 5:23 p.m.

University softball coach Jon Schuh enjoys coaching girls for many reasons.

One of those reasons was quite evident Friday when the State 4A softball tournament in Tacoma was postponed.

“The nice thing about coaching girls is you can take them to the mall and they’re fine,” Schuh said.

Steady overnight rain followed by a consistent drizzle Friday morning caused the first day of the 4A and 3A tournaments to be washed out at the South End Recreation Area Fields.

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association announced a revised schedule for the tournaments on its website ( Play will begin this morning with 4A openers at 10 and 3A openers at 11:30. Just two rounds of consolation play will be held with the state championship games at 8 p.m.

University is schedule to play Heritage at 10 a.m. In the 3A tournament, Mt. Spokane is scheduled to play Franklin Pierce at 1 p.m.

If play is postponed a second day, the 4A tourney will begin Sunday with single-elimination play, Schuh said.

“All the 4A schools have signed a Sunday waiver,” Schuh said.

Not all the schools in the other tournaments signed a waiver to play Sunday. If those tournaments are rained out again Saturday, it’s believed those tourneys would be moved to Monday.

Outside of shopping, Schuh and his team chose to spend most of their time inside.

“Now we’re just sitting around at the motel watching the rain drops,” Schuh said.

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