EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU)- The weather threw a curve ball at the start of the home season opener for the Eau Claire Express.
Rain forced the team to postpone their first home game against the Lakeshore Chinooks.
“We have to keep in mind the safety of the players first and foremost and the possibility of getting in the game if we wait out the storm,” team manager Andy Neborak said.
Neborak says a lot of planning goes into opening day, but safety is always a top priority and that’s why Tueaday night’s game was postponed.
“It’s very hard on the field it takes a lot of games in the spring season. We are just one user and we can't put the field in jeopardy just to get one of our games off,” Neborak said.
Despite the postponement, manager Dale Varsho says the team is ready to get the season underway with some fresh faces that are familiar to the Chippewa Valley.
“It’s just a great time of year,” Varsho said.
“With family and friends here it makes me a bit more comfortable and I’m looking forward to hopping on the mound,” pitcher Andy Davis said.
Wednesday night's game will include four local guys who have all rounded the bases before at Carson Park including Davis who’s a former player for Chippewa Falls McDonell. Also new to the team is a brand new mascot.
“Trix will join Trax this year and we will have a couple mascots around to improve the entertainment,” Neborak explained.
You can get your first glimpse at Trix the new mascot Wednesday night at Carson Park.
The Express will kick off the first game of the season as a double header against the Lakeshore Chinooks.
Gates at Carson Park open at 4:00 PM with the first pitch being thrown out at 5:05 PM.