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Baseball games rained out

A pair of Herald-area baseball teams held off as long as they could, but the coaches at Clover and Rock Hill talked with their opponents and decided it was best to postpone their playoff games until today.

The decisions were the last two involving local teams and wiped out the entire slate of playoffs scheduled for Monday. All games are in the elimination round, meaning the teams have to wait another day to find out if they will be playing in the championship round on Wednesday.

Rock Hill will host York at 7 tonight and Clover will be on the road against Spring Valley in the Class AAAA district playoffs. The Class A game that had Great Falls at Blacksburg will be played at 6 p.m. today.

Rock Hill coach Chris Bates held all the cards for his team's game. As the host, Bates had to determine if the game would be played on Monday. That was not the case for the other two teams, which had to wait until calls came from the hosts.

"We covered the infield, mound and home plate area with tarps this morning,'' Bates said Monday after lunch. "The outfield is wet and it's pretty sloppy around the dugouts, but we might get it in.''

With more rain predicted and after another look at the field, Bates called York coach Scot Kiggans and they agreed to play today.

Two teams are in the winner's bracket and await their opponents on Wednesday. In Class AAAA, Northwestern hosts the winner of tonight's Easley/Mauldin game. Lewisville will host the Landrum/Dixie game winner. If the visitors win the first game, a second will be played 30 minutes later to see which teams advance to the Upper State tournament.

Softball also took the big hit, with the majority of the games postponed before lunch.

In today's Class AAAA district playoffs, Nation Ford hosts Wren at 6 p.m. and Fort Mill has a 6 p.m. road game at Blythewood. Class A Lewisville goes to Fox Creek for a 5 p.m. game.

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