Rain-out pushes back crucial Little League game

LO's game against Ohio slated for Tuesday, but more rain is forecast

The Lake Oswego Little League team will have to wait at least one more day before trying to win a spot in the U.S. semifinals of the Little League World Series.

When the players and coaches woke up this morning it was raining steadily and conditions didn't improve into the afternoon. The earlier games were pushed back and all Monday contests were eventually cancelled and are scheduled for Tuesday.

Showers are forecast for that day as well. However, since Lake Oswego's game against Ohio is scheduled second, the contest could be played by the evening if the condition improve.

The rain-out shouldn't affect the team much. It gives the players an extra day of rest, which will be spent hanging out with their parents. It also will not affect pitchers' eligibility for either team.

'I'm glad they cancelled them. We've all come a long way to play. We just want to do it in safe conditions,' Lake Oswego manager Craig Ramey said.

Lake Oswego's 1-0 win over Massachusetts on Sunday was played in a steady drizzle so the Lakers are certainly used to wet conditions. If the game is played on Tuesday, it likely will be held in less than perfect weather.

'You never know. The weather forecasts in Oregon always predict rain and then you look outside and it's 80 degrees but we've played in showers before,' Ramey said.

As for the players, the extra time off didn't faze them and they are looking forward to trying to win their second game in a row.

'They just kind of roll with the punches. They saw it was pouring rain and so they just changed out of their uniforms and went back to playing ping-pong,' Ramey said.

For now, Tuesday's game against Ohio is scheduled for noon Pacific Time. To make up for the extra day off, schedulers currently plan on all semifinal games to be held on the same day. If more games are rained, crews will scramble to get all of the contests completed but stated that they will do everything possible to avoid double-headers.