Minor league ballpark needs to dry out after flooding

Associated Press

Kalamazoo — It’s expected to take several days for a minor league baseball stadium to dry out following weekend storms that flooded the park in Kalamazoo, brought damaging winds and knocked out power to tens of thousands of homes and businesses.

The overflowing Kalamazoo River on Saturday swamped Homer Stryker Field — and a carp was spotted in left field, the Kalamazoo Gazette reported. Monday’s scheduled game between the Kalamazoo Growlers and the Battle Creek Bombers has been postponed until late July.

“It’s unbelievable, there’s literally three to four feet of water out there,” said Growlers infielder Justin Fletcher, who showed up Saturday with his fishing pole. “I cast five or six times and then went and cast behind the bleachers.”

On Friday night, the team noticed two puddles collecting on the north side of Sutherland Par, but by Saturday afternoon the water engulfed the entire diamond. The team had also postponed this past weekend’s games against the Lakeshore Chinooks.

John Bollinger, the Growler’s assistant general manager, said the cost of the damage and cleanup wasn’t immediately known.