Battle of Baseline off; Now here is the new game plan

The Battle of the Baseline League on Saturday at Loan Mart Field is off.

The annual event, which features three games with all six Baseline League teams playing on the venue that houses the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, was called because the Quakes notified the teams that the field was unplayable.

The culprit was a city of Rancho Cucamonga “Play School” Graduation event scheduled to take place tonight that prevented the groundskeepers from covering the field today.

Players and coaches from each school sold tickets but the Quakes are not issuing refunds but offering admission to a Quakes game instead.

Some aren’t happy.

“My kids are disappointed,” Etiwanda coach Don Furnald said. “I had kids that sold 25-30 tickets and there probably would have been 1,200 or so people there between the six schools. Its a minor league field so it has to drain well, I don’t know why they couldn’t have waited until tomorrow morning.”

Others aren’t quite as upset.

“There’s nothing they could do about it,” Upland coach Mike Alonso said.

It is being left to the schools to decide a makeup date but there is little wiggle room because there is just one week left in the regular season and each team already has games Tuesday and Thursday.

Etiwanda and Rancho Cucamonga will try and play at 1 Saturday while Upland and Los Osos will go at 11 a.m. at Memorial Park, where Upland plays its home games.

Chino Hills and Damien, the top two teams, will try and play Monday.

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  • Leonard Johnson

    It’s my understanding that the tickets were good for a Quakes game even if the event occurred and I think the schools receive some of the ticket sales so it’s not like they are getting screwed here.