Recent rains may extend De Soto Little League season
Mother Nature may have forced little league baseball play to extend into the traditional vacation month of July.
The De Soto Little League canceled games because of rain on several occasions this season, including May 10, May 17, June 2 and June 5. According to little league scheduling coordinator Michelle England, about 16 to 20 games have to be made up in divisions ranging from 5- year-old tee-ball to 9-10-year-old divisions. For the 11-12-year-old travelling teams, De Soto is only responsible for making up home games.
England said the league has very little leeway if there are any future rain delays. She said because of several conflicts, including an upcoming girls' softball tournament, the Fourth of July holiday and an all-star tournament, little league would have to wait until the second week of July to resume its season schedule.
Last Saturday's rained-out games will be June 16, said England.
"We are still rescheduling games so they won't run into the tournament schedule," England said. "I hate doing games in July, because that's when people are taking vacations."
England said she would not consider the possibility of a shortened season by not making up rained-out games.
"It makes it more fair if the same amount of games are played and everyone paid to play (the full schedule)," England said.
De Soto Parks and Recreation Director Jay Garvin said De Soto's new field materials, such as ag-lime dust, which assists in field drainage, made rain-delayed games less of a problem compared to other area towns.