STONE CRABS: Netting issue postpones Monday’s game

By Bryan Levine, SunCoast Sports

PORT CHARLOTTE — Monday’s Charlotte Stone Crabs game was postponed due to continued issues with the netting behind home plate.

The Stone Crabs were scheduled to play the Daytona Tortugas Monday night, but the repaired netting was deemed unsafe by officials.

“We are very disappointed for our great fans that we must postpone tonight’s game due to these circumstances,” Stone Crabs general manager Jared Forma said in a press release.

“We will always put the safety of our fans first and unfortunately the Sports Park is just not safe enough to allow us to play a baseball game today.”

The netting behind the plate was torn down on Saturday by Jupiter Hammerheads catcher Roy Morales, who fell up against the net as he caught a foul ball hit by Charlotte’s Alec Sole. One of the support ropes holding up the net ripped, causing the net to fall down. Nobody was injured when it fell.

Saturday’s game was immediately postponed and continued Sunday afternoon on one of the backfields at Charlotte Sports Park.

The option to play the game on a backfield on Monday was not available, as the Tortugas were traveling to Port Charlotte, and without lights, the game would need to be played during the day.

It’s believed the net will be secure in time for a game on Tuesday. That game is still scheduled for 6:35 p.m.

According to Forma, there will be a doubleheader on Wednesday beginning at 4 p.m. if everything goes as planned.

For updates throughout the day on any possible changes for Tuesday’s game, check @Bryan_Levine on Twitter.

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