Tiftarea to wait even longer for home softball opener

Tiftarea has one large pond on campus, but Tuesday afternoon a second one developed on the softball field, preventing the home opener from happening.

CHULA — The skies above Tiftarea Academy were clear and sunny at 5 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, but the Lady Panthers' softball contest against Deerfield-Windsor was a no-go because of rain.

Rain came down mid-afternoon fast and furious — too fast for Tiftarea's softball field.

Head coach Chance Benson said he knew the game was in trouble, "When I couldn't see home plate."

Home was completely submerged. So was nearly all of the pitching circle and most of the foul line areas between home and first, and home and third. Both teams were in uniform for the game, but with no hope of clearing up the infield, Deerfield-Windsor boarded a school bus for Albany.

Tiftarea has now twice had a home opener not be played in 2019. Last week, they had to postpone against Citizens Christian Academy until Oct. 1. No announcement has been made on a makeup against Deerfield-Windsor, but as the two teams are not in the same region (Tiftarea was moved to Region 4-AAA last year), a result is not required.

"It's frustrating," said Benson of still not having played at home.

Fingers are crossed the Lady Panthers will get in a game this week. Junior varsity and varsity head to Fullington Academy Thursday at 4 p.m. The Weather Channel's odds of rain are 50 percent.

Tiftarea has another road contest net Tuesday at Southland Academy. With a little luck, they'll be home Aug. 22 against Terrell Academy at 6 p.m.

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