Situation at nearby school forces closure of host California school; game rescheduled for 9AM Saturday
By: Jim Howell/GCU Club Sports Information Director
GCU Club Sports has announced that the first-round game between the Grand Canyon University Club Baseball team and the University of California-Santa Barbara-originally scheduled for noon today (Friday) at Antelope Valley College in Lancaster, California-has been officially postponed. The game has been rescheduled for tomorrow (Saturday), May 12, at 9 am.
Both first-round games at the National Club Baseball Association (NCBA) Southern Pacific (SoPac) Division I Regional Tournament were called off for today after reports of an active shooter at a school in the nearby city of Palmdale early this morning forced a lockdown of schools in the area, and prompted AVC to close all of their campuses in the area. The situation at the high school was cleared by mid-morning, but by that time, AVC had already announced that the campus wouldn’t open until Friday afternoon at the earliest, thus rearranging the tournament schedule.
The four-team, double-elimination tournament, originally scheduled as a three-day event, will now be squeezed into a two-day span. All games will now be scheduled for seven innings instead of the originally planned nine-inning duration. The 2nd-seeded Lopes’ game with No. 4 seed UCSB will still commence tournament play tomorrow morning, followed by the other first-round matchup between top-seeded California Polytechnic State University and 3rd-seeded California State University-Chico at 11:30 am. If the Lopes (18-2 overall, 13-2 SoPac South) beat UCSB, they’ll advance to the semifinals at 4:30 pm Saturday; a first-round loss would send them to an elimination-round game at 2 pm tomorrow.
The SoPac Regional Championship game-originally scheduled for 9 am Sunday-will now be played at 11:30 am Sunday, and if a second championship game is necessary, that game will follow at 2 pm to officially crown the champion. The Lopes-who won their first-ever SoPac South Conference title three weeks ago-will be trying to secure their first berth in the NCBA Division I World Series in Holly Springs, North Carolina in just their third year of NCBA existence (and 2nd year at the DI level). The NCBA World Series will commence May 25.