No. 2 Empire vs. No. 1 Sabino for 3A state title rescheduled for Saturday morning at Cherry Field

The 3A state championship game between No. 2 Empire and No. 1 Sabino has been scheduled for Saturday at 10 a.m. at Cherry Field — with the game starting over and not resuming in the second inning — after consecutive days of postponements because of rain at Arizona’s Hillenbrand Stadium.

According to AIA Bylaw 27.1.3, a game must go 4 ½ or 5 innings to be considered a suspended game. A game that does not go at least 4 ½ innings is a no contest.

Empire was leading 1-0 with one out in the top of the second and runners on first and second when the game was halted Wednesday night because of heavy rain that was causing unsafe field conditions.

The game shifts away from Hillenbrand because Arizona’s regular grounds crew is no longer on campus because of the completion of the Wildcats’ season.

It was originally scheduled for Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. but rain forced its postponement to Wednesday.

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