Rain is a tough opponent for TN Smokies baseball

6:49 PM, Jul 5, 2013   |    comments
Tennessee Smokies Head Groundskeeper Stuart Morris gets ready for Friday night's game.
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(WBIR, Kodak) The Tennessee Smokies postponed five games this season due to rain, and more showers are in the forecast this weekend.

"The rain's been tough. It's probably been our toughest year since we came to Smokies Park," said Brian Cox, general manager for the Tennessee Smokies.

Cox said they have had five rainouts, one suspended game, and another that had to be called after five innings.

"The problem is you lose dates. So you can't get those dates back and you have 70 openings and that's all you have," Cox said.

The Smokies have managed with double headers.

Head Groundskeeper Stuart Morris focuses on maintaining the dirt.

"Drainage is always a major concern, getting the water out of here as quickly as possible, keeping the dirt areas firm and hard enough to play on," Morris said.

The Smokies use a 180 ft. by 180 ft. tarp to cover the field when it rains. Morris does not rely on just tarps but also Turface Athletics, a soil conditioner that helps dry out the field.

"These are Turface bags. They're 50 pounds each and this morning we've already spread 40 of them," Morris said.

For Independence Day, they played through the rain and about 4,000 fans stuck through it as well.

"It's definitely part of the game just rolling with the weather. We watch the radar constantly, even on those pretty days because just when you get a pop-up shower. It comes out of nowhere and can surprise you. We try our best not to be surprised by it," Morris said.

July 5 is the one year anniversary of what the Tennessee Smokies call "Tarp-nami." A severe storm ripped through Kodak and took the Smokies' tarp with it.

Watch the extended cut here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1H45u_Sz2A.


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