BELOIT - A freak tarping accident forced the Beloit Snappers to postpone one of their most anticipated promotional days of the year Sunday.
The Snappers' game against the Quad Citiies River Bandits was postponed when conditions behind second base were deemed unplayable.
The team had put the tarp on the field after Saturday night's game in anticipation of rain on Sunday morning.
When the front office arrived at the field Sunday morning, it was discovered that a spike the Snappers use to hold the tarp in place had hit an irrigation pipe, thereby flooding the affected area.
Both teams went through warmups, Marshall the Fire Dog from the Nickolodeon show Paw Patrol was greeting fans, and at around 2:30, 30 minutes after the scheduled first pitch, both teams agreed the area was not safe for competition.
"It was just a freak accident," Snappers president Dennis Conerton said. "In all the years we've been doing that, I've never seen it happen. It's a shame because we were preparing for a big day out here, and the rain that was in the forecast never came around. I know that fans are disappointed, and we are, too."
A makeup date for the contest has not yet been set.
In Saturday's game, the Snappers fell to 1-2 in the second half with a 7-4 loss. Quad Cities jumped all over Beloit starting pitcher Aiden McIntyre with four runs in the first inning, and Beloit was not able to get closer than three runs for the remainder of the contest.
Cobie Vance went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles for Beloit, while Ryan Gridley added a pair of hits.
McIntyre (2-5) took the loss for Beloit after allowing five runs and seven hits in four innings of work.
Ty Damron and Michael Danielak combined to work five innings and allowed two runs on five hits.
The Snappers will take a day off Monday before traveling to Kane County to take on the Cougars in the first of a four-game series Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.