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McQuade's Cancels Saturday Games

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More than 450 teams geared up for a day on the diamonds for the Sam McQuade Senior Charity Softball Tournament, unfortunately, mother nature had a different plan. Heavy rains and resulting field conditions forced the McQuade Committee to cancel hundreds of games, but it didn't wash away player's spirits.

Diamond's, dug-outs and bleachers around Bismarck weren't filled with players and fans, instead they were flooded. The canceled games will be now decided by a coin flip. Wayne Haddon's team was scheduled to play it's first game morning, and says he's hoping the whole weekend isn't a strike out. "We did drive 13 hours to get here from Wisconsin so it would be extremely unfortunate some sort of reduced game time and one pitch  format would be a lot better for us just to get some games in," said Haddon. 

In the past the McQuade's Tournament has been affected by weather, but Tournament Director Mike Wolf says this is a first. 

"I can't ever remember us having to cancel games to start the tournament off morning," said Wolf.

Wolf says his biggest concern was letting teams know about the cancellations. But players say social media kept them in the loop. 

 "The facebook site for the McQuades softball tournament has been very good that's been the most helpful site that we've had," said Jesse Nieuwsma, a player.

But even a drizzly day couldn't dampen the spirit surrounding the legendary tournament. Whether they filled parking lots or local bars and restaurants, teams stuck together.

"Everybody would rather play it's the McQuade tournament it's always a good time we've been playing for quite a few years now so we'd like to play but if a coin flip has to do it hopefully we get to play so that doesn't decide the whole thing," said Nieuwsma.

Wolf says fields should be back in playing condition by and the tournament will continue as scheduled.

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