MIAA D-III baseball: Taconic and AMSA will finish state semi on artificial turf at Springfield College | Local Sports
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The MIAA Division III baseball state semi-final between Taconic and Marlborough’s Advanced Math and Science Academy, which was suspended on Wednesday due to rainstorms in Pittsfield, will now be played at noon today.
The location will be Archie Allen Field on the Springfield College campus.
“Due to a variety of circumstances – including but not limited to team travel logistics and distance, short-term weather forecasts and the playability of natural grass in conjunction with expected weather conditions – the suspended game should now be on Friday, July 2nd at noon,” wrote Jim Abel, Sporting Director of Pittsfield Public Schools, in an email sent Thursday afternoon.
The game, which was interrupted after an inning with no score, was to resume on Thursday at 1 p.m. in Taconic. Due to rain at night, the threat of more showers and a second bus ride of more than two hours for the AMSA players, the game was postponed early Thursday morning.
The winner of this semi-final will play against Medfield in the state championship game on Monday. Medfield, the South Champion, beat North Champion Bishop Fenwick 13-5. If Taconic wins, the game for the state title will take place in Pittsfield. If AMSA wins, Medfield would host.
Archie Allen Field opened in 2018 and has a full artificial turf surface so Taconic and AMSA can play even if it rains during the game.
But how will it be for the Taconic and AMSA players? Pittsfield Suns outfielder Jack Cooney, who played for Taconics 2017 MIAA Division I State Champions, plays for Springfield and is very familiar with the facility.
“It’s turf so it plays faster than grass,” said Cooney, who reached before the suns set out for a street game in Worcester. “For outfielder, take deeper routes for balls in the gap because the balls are moving fast. Stay behind the ball because it’s higher than [it would on grass]. When it rains, base stealers should start sliding much earlier than on grass on a normal day or on dirt, as you will be flying right over the base. “
Home runs could be a little more problematic as it is 330 feet along the lines and about 400 feet to midfield with gaps of about 412 feet on each side.
“Otherwise it plays pretty fair,” said Cooney. “There’s a short backstop, but the field is huge. The gaps are huge. So if the ball lands behind you you could get into trouble.”