On Friday, Washington’s baseball and softball games against Coastal Conference rival Havelock were postponed. The games have been rescheduled for Monday, while a ceremony scheduled to honor Doc Austin has been moved to Friday. (WDN Photo/Brian Haines)
On Friday, Washington’s baseball and softball games against Coastal Conference rival Havelock were postponed. The games have been rescheduled for Monday, while a ceremony scheduled to honor Doc Austin has been moved to Friday. (WDN Photo/Brian Haines)

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WHS baseball/softball games postponed

Published 5:48pm Friday, April 19, 2013

Friday’s ceremony set to honor retiring Washington assistant coach/team doctor Fred “Doc” Austin was postponed, as was the Pam Pack’s baseball and softball games against Havelock, due to rain and inclement weather.
The ceremony slated to honor Austin has been rescheduled for Friday, April 26 and will take place at 6:30 p.m. before the start of the Pam Pack’s baseball game against Coastal Conference rival D.H. Conley.
The Pam Pack baseball and softball games against Havelock originally scheduled for yesterday have been rescheduled for Monday with the softball team playing at 6:30 p.m. and the baseball team set to throw the first pitch at 7 p.m.
“It took us a while to make the decision but after checking out the weather predictions and forecasts we decided to go ahead and move the ceremony,” Washington athletic director Allison Jones said. “With Havelock having such a long way to travel and us just really wanting to celebrate Doctor Austin without standing in the rain it just seemed like the right move. We just didn’t want weather getting in the way of us celebrating Doctor Austin.”
Jones said the school decided to honor Austin on Friday instead of Monday because it felt it would be more accommodating for the specators.
“We thought that might be easier for everyone involved to come out on a Friday evening,” Jones said.
Washington will also be holding its Youth League Night on that Friday where any youth league players wearing their game jersey will be admitted free as long as they are accompanied by a paying adult.
The school felt joining the Doc Austin ceremony with its Youth League Night added a nice touch to the evening.
“Friday will also be our Youth League Night for those in the Cal Ripken League and the Washington Girls Softball League,” Jones said. “We thought it would be neat for them to be able to see someone who has been such an important member of our Pam Pack family for so long.”

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