USC SUMTER BASEBALL

Fire Ants forced to wait a day to start Eastern District tourney

By DENNIS BRUNSON
dennis@theitem.com
Posted 5/17/18

The University of South Carolina Sumter baseball team has had to wait a day before beginning play in the NJCAA Eastern District tournament after a major storm ripped through Poughkeepsie, New York, on Tuesday.

The Fire Ants were scheduled to open …

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USC SUMTER BASEBALL

Fire Ants forced to wait a day to start Eastern District tourney

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The University of South Carolina Sumter baseball team has had to wait a day before beginning play in the NJCAA Eastern District tournament after a major storm ripped through Poughkeepsie, New York, on Tuesday.

The Fire Ants were scheduled to open the tournament against ASA Brooklyn on Wednesday. However, a storm with wind gusts of up to 60 miles per hour, heavy rain and hail left the facility at which the tournament is being played without power.

The Fire Ants are scheduled to play today at 10 a.m. If it wins, USC Sumter will face the winner of the game between Harford Community College and Monroe College on Friday at 10 a.m. If it loses, USCS will take on the loser of that game today at 4 p.m.

Fire Ants head coach Tim Medlin said in a text on Wednesday that night games can't be played because of the power issues, and that today's games may be played without any power at all in the facility.

Medlin also said it took all morning on Wednesday to clear debris from the park and surrounding roads. He stated there are trees down everywhere and that many hotels are closed because of the power outage.

The Poughkeepsie Journal said in a Wednesday story that 20,000 customers in the area were without power and that it may not be completely restored until the weekend.

The winner of the 4-team, double-elimination tournament will earn a berth in the Junior College World Series in Grand Junction, Colo. The Fire Ants are 36-21 on the season while ASA Brooklyn is 19-17.

Harford is 47-12 while Monroe 33-14-1.