Prep baseball tournaments scramble to host games

By MICHAEL COIT
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Rain is playing havoc with Sonoma County’s traditional spring high school baseball tournaments.

The 17th annual A.L. Rabinovitz tournament, hosted by Montgomery, has been rescheduled because fields at several Santa Rosa high schools are unplayable and rain remains in the forecast.

Teams set to open play in the Rabinovitz tournament scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday intead will play on three consecutive Mondays — April 4, 11 and 18.

The field has Windsor, Santa Rosa, Piner, Analy, Petaluma, Maria Carrillo, and Montgomery. Games will be played at Montgomery, Santa Rosa, Piner, and Maria Carrillo.

While the 14th annual Adam Wescott Memorial hosted by Casa Grande has moved all games to Cardinal Newman’s all-weather turf field, the tournament lost an Oregon team due to the event’s uncertainty and the prospect of rough travel through snowy mountains.

Down to seven teams, the Wescott tournament will feature a limited round-robin format with each squad playing two games — weather permitting — compared with a dozen games under the original schedule. Sprague High School, Salem, Ore., pulled out.

Monday: Rancho Cotate vs. Sonoma Valley, 1 p.m.; Cardinal Newman vs. Antioch, 4 p.m.
Tuesday: Casa Grande vs. Eureka, 1 p.m.; Ukiah vs. Sonoma Valley, 4 p.m.
Wednesday: Rancho Cotate vs. Casa Grande, 1 p.m.; Cardinal Newman vs. Eureka, 4 p.m.
Thursday: Antioch vs. Ukiah, 4 p.m.

(All games at Cardinal Newman)