Saturday June 15, 2013

PITTSFIELD -- There wasn't much Pittsfield Suns manager Tom Conley could do except hit fungoes to infielders.

That's because the heavy rains of the week have kept the Suns from playing games one way or the other. First, it was rain, then it was flooding.

Water that approached the two clubhouses at Wahconah Park forced postponement of Friday's home game against Wachusett, just as it forced postponement of Wednesday's game against North Shore.

"It's really frustrating," said Conley. "We try to keep them as fresh as we can. The most we could do today was hit ground balls. We can't even hit in the cage."

Hopes for receding water has the Suns still planning to play Seacoast tonight at 7, and then Martha's Vineyard on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. After that, Conley and his team will be on the road until a week from tonight.

"The field is ready to go. The city has done a tremendous job helping us get the field ready to go," Suns general manager Kevin McGuire said. "Unfortunately, now it's a safety concern with the flooding and the access to the park."

While the Suns players and coaching staff would like to get back on the field, there is at least some comfort that the rest of the Futures League has been in much the same situation with postponements. In fact, Friday was the first night there were more than one game played in the league since before all the rain.

"That's the good thing. That makes it a little bit better, I guess," said Conley. "As a whole for the league, it's not good.


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We want to be out here. Now, we're going to have to cram in some games.

"We'll get out there and we'll have a good stretch of games."

With the long delays, Conley has put his rotation back to square one. Christian Lavoie is scheduled to start tonight. Alex Basso is set to take the mound Saturday, followed by Aaron Plunkett and Jon Luthe.

"Next week we're going to have one," said Conley. "Whoever we use the least will throw on Tuesday."

The Suns have also welcomed Northeastern pitcher and infielder Chris Camain to the roster. The right-hander from Methuen was the Huskies' co-captain as a junior. He returned from a year off due to injury and pitched 221 3 innings. He had a 1-1 record.

As to the schedule, McGuire said that the completion of the home opener will take place on Saturday, June 22, when Torrington returns to Wahconah Park. Action begins at 6, with the regular game set for 7.

The June 7 rainout against North Shore will be made up as part of a twi-night doubleheader on Friday, Aug. 2. The first pitch is set for 5 p.m. That is North Shore's only other trip to Wahconah Park, so Wednesday's rainout against the Navigators will be made up in Lynn as part of a twi-night doubleheader on June 28.

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