Rain forces cancellation of more than 100 youth baseball games this weekend

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CHESTERFIELD, MO (KPLR) – There’s no baseball in Chesterfield and they are bearing with the bad news.

“No joy in Mudville,” says Tom McCarthy, Chesterfield Parks & Recreation Director. “Too much is not a good thing right now.”

Since Monday, more than two inches have fallen on these fields at the Chesterfield Valley Athletic Complex and that’s put a damper on any day games.

“Our multi-sport fields where we play soccer, football and lacrosse, those are saturated,” says McCarthy. “So right now the complex is closed.”

Last Saturday left many parents scrambling to find something to do since baseball games were canceled due to the heavy rains and soggy conditions.

“One hundred-forty games were canceled, so that’s about 7,000 people that weren’t here in the park for baseball and softball this weekend,” says McCarthy.

While they will make up those games, that’s lost income for the complex.

“From $12,000 to $16,000 for the weekend that we would love in revenue and then there’s about $7,000 in field rentals, and then there’s economic impact,” says McCarthy. “So it’s substantial.”

On this rainy Thursday afternoon, to borrow a line from Ernest Thayer,

“Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright.”

For now we’ll have to wait a few more days to play ball.