MIDDLETOWN, Conn. — After waiting nearly six hours, tournament officials were forced to postpone the entire schedule Friday on the second day of the American Legion Northeast Regional baseball tournament.

Maine champion Windham was scheduled to play Colchester, Vt., in an elimination game at 12:30 p.m. Friday.

Tournament officials are working on the schedule for Saturday, which is expected to be announced later today. It will be a tight schedule because a winner in each regional must be certified by Monday night, according to Legion rules.

If officials in Middletown decide to play five games Saturday, the schedule is expected to begin at 8:30 a.m. Windham would play the Vermont champion, and it is expected that the winner of that game will play the fourth game of the day against the loser of the Branford, Conn. vs. Barnstable, Mass., game. Windham fell into the loser’s bracket following a 13-4 loss to Middletown on Thursday night.

To get back on schedule heading into the finals on Monday, nine games would have to be played over the next two days, raising the possibility of five games taking place on Saturday.

The weather is favorable for the rest of the weekend. Tournament director Mike Gort told the Middletown Press that if two teams remain after Monday a coin flip may be necessary to determine the regional champion.

The two evening games in the winner’s bracket – Branford, Conn., vs. Barnstable, Mass., and host Middletown vs. Worcester, Mass. – were called off early in the afternoon.

Officials had hoped to play the two loser’s bracket games – Woonsocket, R.I. vs. Rochester, N.H., and Colchester, Vt. vs. Windham – beginning at 4:30 p.m. But a 20-minute downpour shortly before 3 p.m. ended that hope.

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