CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Thunderstorms sweeping across the Kanawha Valley on Thursday forced the postponement of several high school softball regional finals and baseball sectionals.
In softball, Hurricane (29-6) was scheduled to host No. 8 St. Albans (28-4) in Region 4, but that was pushed back to 6 tonight.
Top-ranked Buffalo (30-4), the two-time defending state champion in Class A, and No. 8 Doddridge County (19-9) in Region 4 were postponed and will try at 5:30 p.m. today in Buffalo. The winners of the regional finals advance to the state tournament, which will take place Wednesday and Thursday in Vienna.
Buffalo has a turf field, but Doddridge lodged a complaint with the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission seeking to have the game played on a dirt and grass field.
The SSAC ruled in the Bulldogs' favor, so the regional final was to take place on one of Buffalo's other three grass fields. Buffalo coach Darrell Moore said that if the regional final was on the turf field, the game could have taken place Thursday as scheduled.
The Class AAA Region 3 Section 3 third and decisive game pitting George Washington (21-12) at South Charleston (15-13) was postponed and pushed back to 6 p.m. today, but the site has been switched to Buffalo High School's field.
Also, the AA Region 4 Section 1 contest at Clay County between Herbert Hoover (26-3) and Clay (19-12) was again called off and reset for 6 tonight. Hoover needs one win to wrap up the sectional title; a Panthers win would force a decisive game.
Baseball regionals are scheduled to begin on Monday across West Virginia.