After weeks of playing in the heat, Thursday afternoon’s rain was one of the worst developments the Nashville Outlaws could have imagined.
The weather forced a rainout of scheduled doubleheader with Terre Haute and reduced a three-game series to two games – a doubleheader set to start at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Vanderbilt’s Hawkins Field. Thus it deprived the Outlaws of an opportunity to take advantage of their home field as they pursue a playoff spot in the final days of their inaugural season.
“We’ve had the worst travel schedule but we have the best place to play at home,” coach Brian Ryman said. “We’ve been really, really good at home.”
Nashville enters the doubleheader tied with Terre Haute for first place in the Prospect League’s Central Division for the second half of the season. After that, all that remains is one game on Saturday (Nashville will be at Dubois County).
Thus, if either team sweeps Friday’s pair of contests it wins the second half title and joins first-half champion Danville in next week’s playoffs.
Nashville missed out on the first half title when it lost a decisive game to Danville – on the road – on July 4.
“I think we have good, talented guys,” Ryman said. “I think if you’d asked anybody in February when we started if we’d have a chance to make the playoffs they’d have told you you’re crazy, there’s no way. I just think it speaks to our kids fighting through it.”