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Summer of rain dampens Slo-Pitch season

By Tara Clow Sep 7, 2023 | 7:46 AM

Record rainfall this summer has put a damper on outdoor sports, that includes the Hub City Slo-Pitch league.

“We really can’t remember a time when it rained this much for some of the divisions, especially on Monday nights, which is Coed. They’ve been affected the most. It seems like every week or every second week. It just keeps raining and raining, ” says League President Bernie Melanson.

For some of the divisions, playoffs are already underway, but for others, they’re still trying to make up the regular season games.

“There’s a good chance, the regular season will not get finished and we’ll have to jump into playoffs soon because we only have another four or five weeks left before the city closes the fields down,” Melanson adds.

The league relies heavily on the City to keep them up to date about whether the fields have to be closed on rainy days.

“Typically just after lunch each day they’ll update their website on the conditions, but sometimes it’s a last-minute decision. Rain can make it unsafe, and with cleats, that could cause some damage to the fields,” Melanson says.

They’re hoping the rain will hold off as Moncton is the host City for the Slo-Pitch National Maritimes Championships.

Forty men and 20 women’s teams from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI and Cape Breton are set to compete at Hal Betts Complex and a few other fields in the Hub City on September 9 and 10.

So far, the Environment Canada forecast is calling for sunny, humid conditions on Saturday, but there is a chance of rain on Sunday.


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