Opener pushed back

Missaki

CLINTON — Daniel Missaki’s chance to pitch on his 19th birthday was washed out Thursday, but he still will get to pitch on opening day.

Thursday evening’s stormy weather forced the Clinton LumberKings to postpone their Midwest League season opener. They will take on Beloit at 6:30 p.m. today, with Thursday’s game being made up as part of a doubleheader scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday.

“We’re doing the doubleheader Saturday so all the pomp and circumstance with opening day goes on,” LumberKings General Manager Ted Tornow said. The pregame festivities will begin around 6:15 p.m.

Fans who were in the ballpark were forced to take shelter when the storm blew through Thursday.

“We put people in the concession area and the bathrooms, and the players went to the clubhouses,” Tornow said, adding that people were allowed out after 20 or 25 minutes. “Hail hit the roof,” he said.

The LumberKings had hoped to play after the storm passed, but high winds prevented them from tarping the field.

Tornow said there were discussions about moving up the time of Saturday’s doubleheaders, but both teams agreed to have it remain a 2 p.m. start. The LumberKings play Sunday in Davenport, while the Snappers head to Cedar Rapids, so travel wasn’t an issue.

Missaki, a native of Brazil who turned 19 on Thursday, is expected to start tonight for the LumberKings. Brett Graves is the probable starter for Beloit.

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