The Ottumwa Courier

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June 9, 2014

Fun In The Rain

ELDON — The rain was continuing to fall. The forecast didn’t look much better. All signs pointed to a very early end to the 2014 Cardinal Comet Baseball Invitational.

But before the umpires and coaches could officially call off the remainder of Saturday’s tournament, one thing had to be done first.

“We can’t leave yet,” Cardinal head coach Thomas Hallgren said to the umpires and Davis County head coach Todd White. “Not until they do their joust.”

The joust involved Cardinal baseball players climbing up on each others shoulders and, carefully, running at other in a re-enactment of medieval times. Yes, the Comets were using their bats for the joust. And, yes, they carefully performed the joust.

As for the sliding across the soaked tarp covering home plate? The Comet players might have gone into that as hard as they could.

It was a fun ending to a shortened day at the old ballpark. Storm showers brought the fun that comes with actually playing baseball to an end less than two hours into the first of what was supposed to be three games between Davis County, Cardinal and Tri-County.

“This is typically a place where we’ve gotten a chance to take a look at different kids,” Mustang head coach Todd White said after watching his team open a 9-3 lead against the Comets before the game was called in the fourth. “There’s a lot things that we did well in the time that we played.”

Because the first game did not reach the conclusion of the fourth inning, the game couldn't be made official. Davis County might have been their own worst enemy in that regard, having rallied for seven runs in a long third inning that forced Hallgren to use three pitchers to finish the frame.

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