Weather, wall postpone game

Storms damage minor league stadium

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Heavy thunderstorms rolling through the Augusta area knocked over the center-field wall at Lake Olmstead Stadium before Wednesday's scheduled Augusta GreenJackets game.

A section of the center-field wall at Lake Olmstead Stadium was blown down by heavy winds during an afternoon thunderstorm.   Billy Byler/Staff
Billy Byler/Staff
A section of the center-field wall at Lake Olmstead Stadium was blown down by heavy winds during an afternoon thunderstorm.

A 50-foot section of the 18-foot-high wall was toppled when strong winds hit the ballpark less than an hour before the scheduled 7:05 p.m. first pitch. The game was postponed and is tentatively scheduled to be made up as a doubleheader starting at 6:05 tonight.

GreenJackets general manager Nick Brown said heavy winds damaged tents in the concourse areas and a possible lightning strike to the roof of the first-base bleachers blew several flat screen televisions in the clubhouse. The worst damage was inflicted in center field.

"It was just one of those Southern afternoon thunderstorms," Brown said. "As a staff, we'll be tested over the next 24 hours."

Brown said his staff will work late into the night and early today to come up with at least a temporary replacement wall.

"The game plan is to at least get the lower wall fixed and ask for a variance (from the South Atlantic League) for the (lack of a) batters' eye," he said.

Tickets to Wednesday's game can be redeemed for admission to any remaining regular season home game.

The GreenJackets (10-9, 41-48 overall) would extend their winning streak to seven with a doubleheader sweep today. Hagerstown (12-7, 52-37) will try to keep pace near the top of the league's Northern Division standings.

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