Wet baseball fields delay start of season in Ottawa
Some teams are practising inside, moving games out of city
Ottawa baseball diamonds are too wet to play on, delaying the start of the season for some teams.
This weekend was to be the first weekend of the year for many amateur and recreational leagues in Ottawa, but the city has closed its fields until conditions improve.
Greg Wheadon, a director of five slo-pitch softball leagues in Ottawa, said he’s had to reschedule dozens of games.
“Right now we're sort of in a holding pattern until we know from the city whether the diamonds are going to be cleared to play or not, and everyday we lose more and more games in the schedule that are going to have to be made up at a later time.”
Moving practices inside, out of town
Andrew Beattie, president and general manager of the Ottawa Royals and Knights Baseball Club, said his youth teams have had to practise in gyms and domes.
“Outdoor practices are absolutely critical so we can get ready for the season, many of our seasons are starting this weekend,” he said Friday.
“Unfortunately we've had to move our teams to go play out of town when we were supposed to be hosting them this weekend.”
The city said the earliest its fields could reopen is next week.