By Paul Augeri

DURHAM – A difficult season for the Coginchaug baseball team has been made doubly frustrating by the frequency of rainfall since the fall of 2023.

The Blue Devils have lost seven straight games to start the season, and they haven’t gotten clearance to play at their home diamond, Helmuth H. Brown Field. A saturated outfield has compromised player safety.

“We have had more rain this spring and back to the fall than ever before,” Coginchaug athletic director Todd Petronio said. “There have been puddles everything, including the outfield.”

Coginchaug’s home game against Middletown on Friday was moved to Pat Kidney Field. The Blue Dragons are spoiled in a way – Pat Kidney is considered their third home field after Palmer Field and their diamond at the high school.

“I’d like to host a home game this season,” Petronio said, half in jest.

The Blue Devils’ field was prepped and ready to host North Branford last Tuesday, but the outfield was too wet. The game was rescheduled for Wednesday, but an overnight rain derailed those plans.

The game is scheduled to played Tuesday at 4 p.m. and can rightfully be billed as the latest home opener in Coginchaug baseball history. Coginchaug has nine home games to come.

“We can work to get water off the infield,” Petronio said, “but we’ve had water in the outfield that won’t drain. I can’t put my center fielder in a position where he’s tracking a fly ball and he steps in a puddle. He appreciates that. Kids’ cleats are getting stuck at practice.”

Petronio said there is a request in the Regional School District 13 budget that, if the budget passes, would repair drainage issues at the field. A budget referendum will be held May 7.

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