This was written a few weeks ago, but thought it would be worth sharing.
Barring a miracle, the Backyard Brawl on May 11 will be held at Williamsport's Logue Field and not Bowman Field.
Players from participating teams, Williamsport, South Williamsport, Loyalsock and Montoursville, are upset and disappointed. Williamsport mayor Gabriel Campana says he has done everything to ensure the Brawl be held at Bowman Field.
While Campana gave the green light for the tournament to be played at Bowman, participating players and some coaches are disappointed in him, as is the Penn College baseball team which lost its entire home schedule at Bowman this spring. They understand that Campana has tried rectifying things but they also are upset that he brought the Outlaws to Williamsport in the first place. Had the outdoor hockey experiment not happened, there would be no Bowman Field issues and the tournament would held there without a glitch.
Campana helped bring the Outlaws, then a member of the Federal Hockey League last July. They began in October and by January they were gone, canceling their last game and ending their season weeks early. While a non-profit group has provided the money to fix Bowman Field at no extra cost to the tax payers, city solicitor Norman Lubin was planning to file a lawsuit against the Outlaws and a non-profit group to recover losses associated with non-payment of $55,000 in utility bills and rental fees.
Those upset about the Brawl being moved do not blame Campana for the weather delaying repairs. What they do blame him for is bringing the Outlaws and outdoor hockey to Williamsport at the risk of damaging the country's second-oldest baseball field.