Because of rain, York-Adams League cancels baseball, softball playoff tournaments


Mother Nature has spoken, and the York-Adams League has listened.

Rain has wiped out the 2018 York-Adams League playoffs in both baseball and softball. YORK DISPATCH FILE PHOTO

Given this week's forecast of rain on a daily basis through Saturday, league officials on Wednesday morning decided to cancel the Y-A playoffs in both baseball and softball.

The events will not be rescheduled. As a result, the 2018 season will not have playoff champions in either sport.

Both tournaments were scheduled to start Tuesday with semifinal action, but all four games were rained out. 

It rained again on Wednesday and there's at least an 80 percent chance of rain on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

That has left all of the York-Adams fields a mucky, muddy mess, and there doesn't appear that there's a looming window of decent weather. 

With the District 3 playoffs starting on Monday for baseball and on Tuesday for softball, there was simply no way to squeeze in the league baseball and softball playoffs.

The cancellations mean that the Dallastown baseball team and Central York softball team will not have the opportunity to extend their reigns as Y-A playoff champions. Dallastown was looking for its third-straight title, while Central was going for a fourth-straight crown.

The baseball playoffs were scheduled to include Division I champion Dallastown (16-4), D-II champ Gettysburg (12-7), D-III champ Littlestown (14-4) and D-IV champ Biglerville (15-5). In the semifinals, Dallastown was supposed to meet Gettysburg and Littlestown was set to meet Biglerville.

The softball playoffs were supposed to include D-I champion Central (19-0), D-II champ Northeastern (13-7), D-III champ Kennard-Dale (16-0) and D-IV champ Delone Catholic (12-5). A possible championship battle of unbeatens between Central and K-D would've been one of the most highly anticipated match-ups of the season, but now that showdown will not occur.

The teams now must shift focus to the district playoffs.

Dallastown, the defending District 3 Class 6-A baseball champion, is No. 1 in the latest District 3 6-A power ratings. Gettysburg is No. 12 in 5-A, Littlestown is No. 3 in 4-A and Biglerville is No. 3 in 3-A.

In softball, Central York is No. 1 in the District 3 6-A power ratings, K-D is No. 2 in 4-A and Delone is No. 3 in 3-A. Northeastern is No. 15 in 5-A.

If those ratings hold up, all eight teams will qualify for district action.