Adam Shinder/Recorder staff Members of the Amsterdam High School baseball team wait in the basement at Scotia-Glenville High School prior to the postponement of Thursday's scheduled Section II Class A playoff game. The Rams and Scotia-Glenville Tartans will make up the game today at 4 p.m. in Scotia.
By ADAM SHINDER
SCOTIA -- When Amsterdam High School baseball coach Brian Spagnola piled his team into the bus to head out to Scotia-Glenville High School for Thursday's Section II Class A quarterfinal game, about the last place Spagnola thought he and his Rams team would be at the time of the scheduled 4 p.m. first pitch was the school basement.
But, with rain pouring and a tornado warning in the area, that's were the Rams were -- sitting in a musty, sweaty corridor underneath Scotia-Glenville High School until the warning passed.
And once they did, it was straight back on the bus, as the torrential downpour had made the field unplayable, leading the Rams and Tartans to postpone the game until today at 4 p.m. back at the Tartans' home field.
"That's my first tornado drill in the basement," Spagnola said as he and the Rams waited to get back on the bus and head back home.
The fifth-seeded Rams were warming up in the outfield under light rain about 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start, and as heavier rain started to come down, the decision was made by Spagnola and S-G coach John Striffler to move the teams inside the school to try and wait out the storm.
About 15 minutes after that, a tornado warning came in for Schenectady County, and school officials quickly made the decision to send everyone in the building to the basement for precautionary measures.
When the warning passed shortly after 4:15 p.m., the teams headed back upstairs, where the decision was immediately made to postpone the game. With the weather forecast looking bleak for Thursday, it was a situation Spagnola was prepared for.
"I knew when I talked to them today, they said if it rained any more, they were pretty much done," Spagnola said. "They actually considered moving to Shuttleworth and playing, but when it cleared up (early in the afternoon) they decided to keep it here. Once it started raining, you knew it was done. It was more at that point about keeping the kids safe with the tornado warning."
The teams are set to meet today at 4 p.m. in Scotia, with the option to move the game to Shuttleworth Park if necessary. The winner will play the winner of the game between top seed Queensbury and eighth-seeded Averill Park that was also postponed Thursday in the semifinals Saturday at the College of St. Rose.
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