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Gene Twardzik/For The Recorder Rain pours onto the main softball field Monday night at Shuttleworth Park. The rain forced the postponement of the Amsterdam Girls Softball Association Advanced Division championship game between Alden Equipment and Elks Lodge.

Gene Twardzik/For The Recorder Players from Elks Lodge and Alden Equipment stay dry as they attempt to wait out a rain delay Monday at Shuttleworth Park before the Amsterdam Girls Softball Association Advanced Division championship game was postponed.

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AGSA championship game postponed by heavy rain

Tuesday, July 08, 2014 - Updated: 10:02 AM

By ADAM SHINDER

adam.shinder@recordernews.com

What was supposed to be the final night of play in the Amsterdam Girls Softball Association's summer recreational league never even got started Monday, which could lead to some logistical nightmares in attempting to play the league's final game of the summer.

Heavy rain forced the postponement of Monday's AGSA Advanced Division championship game between Alden Equipment and Elks Lodge at Shuttleworth Park, and with the players from both teams and both softball fields at Shuttleworth booked up with commitments for travel games and tournaments, league officials and coaches for the two teams were not able to set a potential makeup date as they scrambled to leave the field and stay out of the rain Monday night.

"It's really disheartening," said AGSA board member Jim Przybylo, who coaches Elks Lodge with Guy Cappuccio. "It's the last game of the season."

The dodgy weather forecast and intermittent showers throughout the day left both teams simply hoping to start at 6 p.m. and get an official game in before any significant storm activity. Though clouds hung in the sky around 5:45, Cappuccio had raked the field into a playable condition, Przybylo had chalked both foul lines and the players from both teams were warming up in the outfield.

Then came the first thunderclaps, and the field was cleared. Moments later, rain started to fall and the game was delayed, with the coaches from both teams resigned to a likely postponement thanks to ominous radar maps.

When the storm intensified just after 6 p.m., the infield became completely unplayable, the decision was made to postpone the game, and players, coaches and spectators beat a rapid retreat to their cars to avoid the deluge.

Przybylo acknowledged that Monday's postponement will provide a heavy challenge in attempting to finish off the rec season. In addition to Shuttleworth Park being booked for travel games and players from both teams participating on travel teams, several players had also slated vacation for immediately after the end of the AGSA season.

"It makes it a little difficult," he said.

Getting every player from both teams to be able to take part in the rescheduled championship game won't be easy, Przybylo said.

"[We'll try to get] the most people we can," he said.

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