Tournament moved to neighboring site after downpour

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JOHNSTOWN, Colo. — A Wednesday evening rainfall created a muddy mess here, forcing the Stan Musial World Series to move today’s scheduled pool play games to Friday.

Tournament director Steve Avila said there’s no guarantee the clay dirt at Nelson Farm Park will be dry enough on Friday to resume play there, so he opted to resume the tournament at Brighton High School, about 35 miles south of Greeley.

Helping out with maintenance this morning at Nelson Farm Park, Avila said he barely took one footstep coming out of the dugout before his foot submerged a full inch into the mud.

“Johnstown is a mud pile. They have nobody to staff it. We get even more rain, and it ain’t ever going to dry out,” Avila said. “There’s standing water on the field still. Home plate is a mess.”

The Farmington Frackers were originally scheduled to face the Northern Colorado Roughnecks Collegiate team at 4:30 p.m. today, followed by the Northern Colorado Roughnecks Graduate team at noon Friday.

Those two games will start at 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Friday.

Frackers coach Jared Holley said he’s glad his squad will get an extra day of rest after Tuesday's long, tiring bus ride, but he still was disappointed by the delay.

“It sucks that we can’t (play today). I hope that we play four (total pool play) games,” Holley said.

The two Northern Colorado Roughneck teams will face each other at 7 p.m. tonight at Brighton High. That game was postponed from Wednesday to today.

Matt Hollinshead covers sports for the Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.

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