Mother Nature wouldn’t play ball with the Canada Day Classic.
The annual AAA baseball tournament, which had been slated to wrap up today, was wiped out due to the relentless rain that hit Brandon on the weekend.
Only one set of games was completed Saturday morning at Simplot Millennium Park before rain struck during the next round of contests. It got worse from there as a pond outside of the complex overflowed and flooded some of the diamonds, extinguishing any hope the tournament could continue.
“It’s one of those things, everyone’s disappointed for sure, but there’s not a thing we can do about it, so we just have to pick up and move on,” Brandon Bantam Knights coach Grant Wilson said.
The Bantam and Peewee Knights will get another chance to play a major event on their home field, as they will host the AAA provincials from Aug. 1-3.
The rainouts didn’t stop with the Canada Day Classic. The provincial junior trapshooting championships and the Wheat City Tennis Championships were called off, with the trapshooting to be combined with the provincials set for July 11-13 at the Brandon Gun Club. Even rugby, one of the heartiest all-weather sports, was affected as the Brandon Barbarians had their Rugby Manitoba men’s Division 1 regular-season opener postponed.
All three of Sunday’s Manitoba Senior Baseball League games were rained out.
The Oak River Dodgers have rescheduled a pair of rained out games for Tuesday as they will host the Neepawa Farmers at 2 and 6 p.m.
Meanwhile, wet conditions at the Minnedosa Golf and Country Club have prompted organizers of the Westman Junior Golf Tour to move Wednesday’s season-opening event to the Pleasant Valley Golf Club, south of Belmont.
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