The Dayton Dragons postponed Sunday’s game against Lake County following the deadly mass shooting overnight Saturday in the Oregon District.
“We felt that it was important following the events of yesterday that we put the season on hold,” Dragons President Robert Murphy said. “This city needs time to gather and begin the process of healing and we felt by playing a game at this point in time would not be appropriate.”
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Murphy said the Midwest League and Minor League baseball were in agreement with team owners to postpone the game. The Dragons will resume their series against the Captains with a doubleheader Monday night at Fifth Third Field.
The Dragons stadium attracts thousands of fans throughout the summer for games and other events.
“We believe we have some great plans in place, but I think that anytime you have a situation like this you should pause and take a look at what you are doing and look to see how you can improve it,” Murphy said.
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Murphy said he met with the head of Dragons security Sunday morning to fine tune procedures at Fifth Third Field.
“We never rest on our laurels with anything that we do,” Murphy said. “When it comes to fan safety we are going to continue to make sure that is a top priority for our entire organization.”
Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. Monday. The first of two seven-inning games will start at 6 p.m. The series and the homestand will wrap up Tuesday night.
“It’s only for people that have tickets for the Monday game,” Murphy said. “We will be contacting people who had tickets for the Sunday game about the process of getting a rain check or getting a refund.”
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The Dragons bounced back from a slow start Saturday night against Lake County. The Captains scored two first-inning runs, but Dayton rallied for three runs in the bottom of the first inning.
Jay Schuyler added an insurance run with a solo home run in the third inning for a 4-2 lead.
Relief pitcher Andy Fisher continued to dominate Midwest League hitters. The left-hander came on in the fifth inning and retired nine of the 10 hitters he faced.
Fisher struck out seven, the final six in a row to chalk up his second win of the season.
The victory moved the Dragons to within four games of a wild-card playoff spot and five games out of first place with 29 games to play.
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