AKRON — The sound of softballs clanging off metal bats was replaced by the pitter-patter of rain drops Sunday as an early morning line of showers forced cancellation of the entire schedule of games at the Little League Junior Softball Central Regional tournament at Firestone Stadium.
All of the games scheduled for Sunday including the Elyria East Little League All-Stars’ showdown with the state champions from Illinois will be played today. Elyria East will play the first game of the day at 10 a.m.
Elyria and Illinois were hoping to get their game started Sunday morning. Both teams took fly balls in the outfield before the rains became heavier and tournament managers decided to push back the start times, eventually canceling the day’s action just before 11 a.m.
According to Charles Umbaugh, the regional tournament manager and the head of Ohio Little League District 3, the hosts of the event, the schedule will be adjusted with the remaining teams playing doubleheaders, if necessary, on Tuesday to allow the tournament to conclude as scheduled Wednesday afternoon.
Because the National Pro Fastpitch league’s Akron Racers continue their four-game series against the Pennsylvania Rebellion with a nationally televised game tonight, all of the Little League games will be moved out of the main stadium and to the secondary Pony Field.
Although the forecast calls for sunny skies, Umbaugh said Little League has use of that field until midnight, if necessary, in case of further delays to the schedule.
The winner of the tournament will need to travel across the country to Kirkland, Wash., site of the Little League Junior Softball World Series, in time to begin play Sunday.
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