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Playoff-bound West baseball, softball teams plan to play on despite fertilizer plant explosion
Guyla Smith, the longtime softball coach at West, said she's canceled a practice game against Early on Saturday and all team practices until Monday. But the playoff-bound team isn't giving up on its season. That goes for West's baseball team too.
Smith said she doesn't anticipate any playoff postponements and said she's still going to scout a game Friday between Taylor and College Station. West made the softball state finals in 2010 and 2011. The team's regular season ended earlier this week.
"For my kids there's quite a bit of devastation in the families," Smith said. "Several have lost their homes and a couple have lost family members."
Smith said the faculty is meeting Friday to discuss how to move forward with classes, which might resume Monday.
"The state of mind of the team right now, I just didn't feel like we could get anything out of practice," Smith said. "The kids need to be with their families. …I don't know how much normalcy there will be Monday, but hopefully we can get back to as normal as possible."
Her players and coaches were all accounted for, she said, but several suffered minor injuries.
The West baseball team's scheduled game against Robinson on Friday has been postponed. A make-up date has not been announced.
West's baseball team, which made the state finals last season, still plans to play its scheduled game April 26, according to a report in the Waco Tribune-Herald. It's possible that West and Robinson might just cancel their game Friday and play one less district game, the report says. West is first in the 17-3A district standings, and Robinson is second.
"The only conversations we've had with them is that we're praying for you and thinking about you," Robinson athletic director Tommy Allison said. "And if there's anything we can do to let us know. Nothing about athletics has come up."