Lightning, rain delay state softball tournament

Lightning, rain delay state softball tournament

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Lightning, rain delay state softball tournament

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UPDATED 7:50 p.m.

The state softball tournament is expected to resume in the next few minutes.

A weather delay of about 3 1/2 hours interrupted play starting at 4:30 p.m.

When the teams returned, Valley led Johnston 4-1 in the fourth inning of a Class 5-A semifinal; Dallas Center-Grimes led Norwalk 9-0 in the seventh.

Officials from the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union said they planned to complete these games and start the next ones about 20 minutes after their completion.

Starting times for the two Class 3-A semifinals originally scheduled for 7 and 7:30 p.m. will be determined before the games. A coaches meeting will be held to make the final decision whether to play tonight or wait until Friday.

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Lightning and rain have suspended play at the state softball tournament in Fort Dodge.

Play was delayed at 4:27 p.m. when lightning was witnessed in the area of the softball diamonds.

West Des Moines Valley leads Johnston 4-1 in the top of the fourth inning of a Class 5-A semifinal. Dallas Center-Grimes leads Norwalk 9-0 in the seventh inning of a 4-A semifinal.

State rules require at least a 30-minute delay when a lightning strike is nearby. That snowballed into a delay of more than 90 minutes when rain and lightning continued.

The delays will shuffle the rest of the day’s starting times. Four additional semifinal games were scheduled to follow the suspended games.

Check back at DesMoinesRegister.com and follow John Naughton at Twitter.com/JohnNaughton for updates.

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