MIDLAND, Mich. – Due to a deep frost that is still thawing and creating excessive amounts of moisture beneath the playing surface at Dow Diamond, today’s series finale scheduled between the Great Lakes Loons and Fort Wayne TinCaps has been postponed.
The Loons grounds crew has been working extensively on the field throughout the week, making every attempt to get the field to a safe and playable state. However, the warming temperatures this morning have exasperated the thawing process and perpetuated a sponge-like condition, making the field unplayable.
“While unfortunate, the field is not to a point where we feel comfortable sending both teams out to play today,” Loons general manager Scott Litle said. “Our number one objective is player safety, and given the current state of the playing surface, there is no alternative than to postpone today’s game. The field has gotten worse as the temperature has warmed up today. This is a unique situation and is not an issue cause by the rain earlier this week.”
The games originally scheduled for April 9-11 in Great Lakes will be made up later this season. Those dates and times are to be determined.
The TinCaps scheduled home opener for Sunday will now be their season opener. Fortunately for Fort Wayne, the forecast for Sunday’s Parkview Field opener says there’s a 0 percent chance for rain and a temperature of 65 degrees at 4:05 p.m. when the TinCaps take the field against the Lansing Lugnuts. Tickets for Sunday remain available online at TinCaps.com, by calling 260-482-6400 or visiting the Parkview Field Ticket Office.