The final game of New Orleans' series against Colorado Springs was canceled Sunday.
The game was scheduled for 1 p.m., but rain pelted the area from about 11:30 a.m. to past noon, leaving puddles of water on the field. Umpires canceled the game at 1:45 p.m. because the field was unplayable and more rain was forecast for 2:30 p.m. in the New Orleans area.
“It's been a difficult couple of weeks with the weather,” Baby Cakes manager Arnie Beyeler said. “We had postponements and game times moved (in recent home series) and on our previous road trip. It messes with your routine and all.
“But you can't control the weather.”
The umpires' decision also was impacted by a 5:30 Pacific Coast League curfew Sunday due to both teams having to travel after the game. The Baby Cakes begin a four-game series at Oklahoma City on Monday, and the Sky Sox are scheduled to play four at Round Rock, Texas.
The South Texas area was hit this weekend by Hurricane Harvey, with rain causing unprecedented flooding. The Hobby airport parking lot in Houston was under water Sunday. Rain is expect to continue for the next few days as the weakened hurricane moves slowly through the area.
Round Rock is 168 miles northwest of Houston and 177 miles south of Dallas. Sky Sox manager Rick Sweet said the team would take a bus.
“We'll go around it,” he said. “I don't know if we'll get to play, but we have to get there, or it will be ruled a forfeit.”
The Sky Sox went into Sunday needing a win or a loss by Oklahoma City to secure its first playoff berth in 20 years.
The New Orleans area also is forecast to receive rainfall for the next week. The team has a season-ending four-game home series against Nashville from Friday to Sept. 4, so those games also appear in jeopardy of being canceled.
Colorado Springs won the series 2-1, ending New Orleans' franchise record of winning six consecutive home series. The Baby Cakes (53-73), who won the season series 8-7 against the Sky Sox, needs three wins to surpass the fewest in a season by the franchise since it moved to New Orleans from Denver. The 1999 team won 55 games.
This time of the season brings back memories for Colorado Sky Sox left-hander Wei-Chung Wang.
Wang was a member of Taiwan's 2004 Little League World Series team.
“What I remember the most is Williamsport,” he said, breaking into a wide smile. “The field, the park, all the people. We could eat a lot, and there were a lot of things for us to do. We played ping pong and basketball, (went) swimming.
“We were with a lot of the other players, because all of the teams were together.”
And, there was the media attention like he'd never seen before.
“I remember they were asking us 'Who is your favorite (Major League) player,' ” he said. “We all said Barry Bonds, because he was the only one we knew of. We didn't know about (Derek) Jeter and the other players.”
Taiwan has won 17 Little League World Series titles despite not participating from 1997-2002 because of a dispute with Little League, Inc., concerning the size of its district. Critics said Taiwan annually had what amounted to a national All-Star team. They last won it in 1996.
However, when it resumed playing in the LLWS, Japan had risen to become the new Asia-Pacific power, appearing in 10 championships and winning five.
Wang's Taiwan team lost in the quarterfinals to eventual champion Curacao, 9-8.
“Taiwan had won the championship a lot of years,” he said. “We were sad because we said we could win it, but we lost. Everybody cried.”
On Oct. 5, 2011, Wang signed as a free agent with the Pittsburgh Pirates, then was selected in the Rule 5 draft in December, 2013 by Milwaukee. He pitched in 14 games that year spanning 17.1 innings, but had a 10.90 ERA. He pitched to one batter in 2017.
He has made five appearances against New Orleans this season spanning six innings, and has allowed four hits and no runs.