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Rain postpones Grand Slam Challenge

Chaminade pitcher Logan Koester in the bottom of

Chaminade pitcher Logan Koester in the bottom of the eighth inning in Game 2 of the Nassau-Suffolk CHSAA baseball final against St. Anthony's at Hofstra University on May 27, 2019. The Flyers won 3-1 to sweep the best-of-three series and claim the league championship. Credit: James Escher

They’ll have to wait to play another day.

Heavy early morning and afternoon rains and thunderstorms forecast for the evening on Tuesday have forced the postponement of the 15th Annual Rawlings Grand Slam Challenge at Hofstra.

According to Jim Clark of Blue-Chip Prospects, and game day coordinator, the game has been rescheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 27 at Hofstra.

“It’s a safety issue with the inclement weather coming in to the area,” Clark said. “It’s easier to move the all-star game into next week. We want great weather so it’s a pleasant experience for everyone.”

The baseball all-star game features Nassau’s top senior players against Suffolk’s best and benefits St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

The game will showcase some of the finest pitching on Long Island. Yastrzemski Award winner Max Nielsen of Ward Melville was slated to start against Philadelphia Phillies draft selection Logan Koester of Chaminade. Nassau head coach Mike Pienkos of Chaminade will also have Diamond Award winner Alex Chang of Port Washington and Clarke’s nine-game winner Brendan Turton to throw.

Suffolk head coach Tom Migliozzi of Half Hollow Hills West will have Gibson Award winner and Elon commit Joe Savino of Connetquot and Fordham commit Aidan Tornquist of Half Hollow Hills West.

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