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FARMINGTON – In the opening day of the 2008 state championship softball playoffs, the most dramatic thing might have been the weather.
Skies were drippy throughout the day at Ricketts Field and New Mexico Activities Association officials tried to squeeze in as many games as possible between showers.
And although the weather got so bad at one point that there was talk that the double-elimination brackets might turn into single-elimination brackets due to the rains, the tournament was spared, but will have to be condensed down considerably.
The start of Los Alamos’ game against Aztec Thursday was delayed for more than 90 minutes due to off-and-on rains – local forecasts were calling for a 30-percent chance of rain throughout the day – and lightning strikes within two miles of Ricketts Field that started about 40 minutes before the game’s first pitch was scheduled.
With just one out recorded in the top of the first, Los Alamos and Aztec were ordered off the field by the umpiring crew. The teams retook the diamond about 20 minutes later, but rain of varying strength dropped from start to finish.
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