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Rising Wapsi Steals Anamosa Baseball Seniors' Last Home Game
ANAMOSA, IA (KGAN/KFXA) - With the Wapsipinicon River in Anamosa expected to crest on Friday night, the city which suffered severe flooding in 2008, isn’t taking any chances.
That includes the Anamosa High School baseball team. On Wednesday they removed equipment and concessions from their home field where the rising river is causing problems.
"The river backed up and with all the water they had a sewer main that runs right past the ball field and a man hole started leaking yesterday morning," Co-Head Coach, Bill Carlson Jr. said.
The water has silenced baseball at Anamosa Ball Park. Its made the feel of home a memory for Blue Raiders senior players.
"The stands behind home plate, they're usually filled, and we usually have a lot of students out in the outfield," Senior pitcher Connyr Lewis said.
Instead, the team’s final home game will be played in Independence on Friday night.
"Not a lot of fun, cause it was supposed to be senior night, recognition night and all that," Coach Carlson said.
The problems at the Anamosa High School baseball team's main field mean the team will finish its season practicing where the little leaguers play, at King Memorial Ball Field.
"I actually like it cause there are just a lot of good memories on it from when I was younger," Lewis said.
The logistics of changing practice and game sites means Co-Head Coach Bill Carlson Jr. is the team's new pinch hitter.
"I probably made 100 phone calls yesterday," Carlson said.
Players are already swapping their home jerseys for Raider’s blue and a road trip. The freshman team forfeited their home game for a bus ride to Maquoketa on Thursday.
"It's pretty tough, cause we like that field, it's a really good field, where traveling is a little cramped because of all the gear," Freshman Kyle Stone said.
While Lewis said he’d like to have a final home game, fellow senior team member, Michael Maruga added, it’s just part of Anamosa baseball.
"That's just how it is having a field by the river," Maruga said.