Remains of Lewiston's record-breaking snow delaying baseball season in the LC Valley


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    It's not any of the local pitching talent keeping the on-base percentage low for teams in the Lewis-Clark Valley.

    It's the weather.

    "It's really put a halt to things with the ground being frozen," says Lewiston's Parks and Recreation director Tim Barker.

    After Lewiston went up against it's snowiest February on record, the snow still on the diamond has ball players reporting inside.

    "Little league had to have tryouts indoor last week which I couldn't tell you the last time that's ever happened," Barker says.

    The city's Parks and Recreation Department manages 10 fields. Those fields host baseball and softball teams all they way from little league to high school. But it's affecting more than just them.

    "It's the economic impact too within the community," says Barker.

    Out of town teams also come to use the fields, generating revenue for the city as well as local businesses.

    "They're gonna be stopping getting fuel, they're gonna be eating at our restaurants so we're not necessarily see that early in the season," Barker says.

    The Great Northern League is meeting Tuesday to determine a course of action for rescheduling games and if any more cancellations need to be made.

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