GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.

X

Willis: Boulder softball team “orphans” after field damage

JEREMY PAPASSO
Natalie Platt and the rest of the Boulder softball team may be unable to play at their flood-ravaged home the rest of the season.

The collateral damage from the floods hit the Boulder softball team pretty hard. While the Panthers clearly aren’t the only area school forced to deal with damaged facilities, the impact has been immediately apparent.

Boulder Creek runs just south of the Panthers’ diamond, and it overflowed and essentially destroyed the field last week. Boulder is unlikely to get back on its own diamond before the end of the season and has rescheduled many home games to the site of the opponent.

“We’re just kind of like orphans at this point,” Boulder coach Susan Guegan said. “(Friday) we’ll probably practice in the gym. They’re not letting us even use our batting cage. We don’t have a field at this point. We played Fort Collins at Fort Collins. We’re playing Fossil Ridge at Fossil Ridge.”

Guegan said a chance exists that the Panthers could reschedule a few home games for Mapleton Softball Fields and an “outside chance” for Stazio Fields. But the Panthers are planning on moving forward without any place to call home.

Meanwhile, mere miles away, the Fairview diamond remained high and dry. The Knights, who defeated Boulder 5-4 on Thursday, are moving on in business-as-usual fashion.

“The first couple days, the only thing I heard from our players is ‘Is our field OK?’” Fairview coach Matt Frederick said. “I love that. It makes me smile that they wanted to get out and work on the field as it stopped. I’m thankful we have ours and I hope the best for Boulder.”

Follow Paul on Twitter: twitter.com/PaulWillis21