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Updates: Rain, lightning shake up postseason schedules
Thanks to a series of rainstorms and a short bout of thunder and lightning, the playoff schedules for local teams have seen a big of a twist.
Here's how things shake out:
St. Helens softball will move today's (May 28) game from their home field to the east field at Hillsboro Stadium, were they will take on Marist in the first round of the 5A softball playoffs at 6 p.m., moved back from 5 p.m. to accommodate the myriad of postseason games being moved to the facility.
The Scappoose baseball team has postponed today's home playoff game against La Grande to tomorrow (Thursday, May 29) at 4 p.m. with the hopes that the field will be playable.
The Indian softball team, which is in Newport for their first-round game today at 4 p.m., should continue their postseason schedule as planned, as Newport plays on a turf field that allows games to take place in all but an absolute downpour.
According to the OSAA's inclement weather policy, game play must be suspended and athletes, coaches and officials must take cover immediately following lightning strikes or audible thunder. The clock is set at 30 minutes, and is reset each time lightning is seen or thunder is heard.
The Scappoose baseball game is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 29. If the fields at Scappoose aren't playable, the game will be moved to Concordia University in northeast Portland. The games, according to Scappoose Athletics Director Robert Medley, must be played by Thursday, forcing the switch.