Joan Vargas couldn’t have been better in the rain Friday night. Precise and efficient, the Lawrence High left-hander powered through the Tewksbury lineup for four innings.
And then the skies opened, forcing postponement of the 32nd Lawrence Invitational Baseball final and putting serious pressure on Lancer skipper Brendan Neilon.
If things clear today and the teams meet again tonight, as scheduled, 7 p.m. at Devlin Field, should Neilon come right back with the junior Vargas, the reigning Merrimack Valley Conference small school Player of the Year,
“We’re not sure yet,” said Neilon last night. “We might start Wilmer Gomez and try to ride him as long as we can. We have to see how Joan feels.”
Now, the weather might not change, and the field may not dry. That would force a tourney final move to Monday.
Interestingly, the extra rest might be just the thing the Lancers don’t need. Remember, the state tourney pairings come out Tuesday, and Lawrence could see action in the Division 1 North sectional (complete with nine-inning games) as early as Thursday.
Wouldn’t Lawrence want a fresh Vargas?
So there is intrigue surrounding Devlin Field, with plenty to watch over the next couple days.
The weekend rain has tournament and game schedulers scrambling.
At Georgetown, coach Justin Spurr is trying to host the Spofford Memorial Tournament.
Hopefully, the action will get under way today with Triton vs. Ipswich at noon in the first semifinal, followed by Newburyport and the host team at 3 p.m.
Now, and this is important to note here. Newburyport must travel to Salem State Monday morning to finish at game with Beverly. Therefore, the Clippers, win or lose today, must play the 1 p.m. game on Monday.
Georgetown, win or lose today, will play at 10 a.m., on Monday.