OVBL championship series postponed by rain

WEIRTON – Mother Nature was the winner Sunday as torrential rains forced postponement of Game 3 of the Steele and Cook Insurance Ohio Valley Baseball League’s championship series between Maynard and Weirton. It will be played today at a field to be determined with a 6 p.m. start time.

The game was originally scheduled to be played at 1 p.m. at Edwin J. Bowman Field, but was pushed back to 4 due to an already-scheduled American Legion game between Steubenville Post 33 and Weirton Post 10.

“I received a phone call from (Weirton player/manager) Rudy about 7 Saturday night informing me they had to move the game back,” Maynard manager Laney Simone Sr., who also serves as the league president, said Sunday. “I told him I understood.”

At approximately 3:30 and players from both teams starting to get warmed up, a wicked thunderstorm rolled through the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia, dropping sheets of rain on the Hancock County diamond. Within a matter of minutes, the infield was transformed into a lake, while several inches of water filled each dugout. Players from both teams had to take cover by standing on the dugout benches, but still got drenched.

“We’re playing Monday night,” Simone told his team prior to their departure. “I’m not sure if it will be back here in Weirton or at our place.”

Fourth-seeded and defending champion Maynard (21-8) holds a commanding 2-0 advantage in the best-of-5 format after an 8-3 triumph in Game 1 and a 15-1 shellacking in Game 2. The third-seeded Red Dons are 19-9.

North can be reached at knorth@timesleaderonline.com