May 22, 2013
COLE CAMP — Heavy rain pummeled the area Monday as thunderstorms rolled through, but that didn’t stop the Cole Camp Bluebirds from playing baseball Tuesday.
Coach Todd Rusk said he had no intention of postponing the first sectional game for the Bluebirds since 2008.
“I was confident. I really was,” he said of the game being played on schedule. “I know it sounds crazy.”
Cole Camp had a similar result in 2008 as it did Tuesday night. The Bluebirds lost 8-4 to El Dorado Springs in the sectionals then and lost 4-3 to the Archie Whirlwinds in the same round this year.
Rusk said he was on the field by 7:30 a.m. getting it ready for the 5 p.m. start. He said he got about 10 others to work on the playing surface as well.
“I had some guys in our FFA department come out and work the shovels for me,” he said. “They pulled a lot of the material out of the first base side and put it back on the field, and we let her dry.”
Rusk added that he has a bit of a connection with the field.
“It is my baby,” Rusk said. “I’m out here all the time raking and lining. We had two water spots behind home plate and in front of their dugout, and everything else was soft.”
The Sacred Heart Gremlins were not as lucky as the Bluebirds. They were scheduled to host West Platte on Tuesday, but the game was postponed until 6 p.m. today at Liberty Park Stadium.
The winner of that game is scheduled to play at Archie on Thursday.