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Hits & Misses: High school sports playoffs, Auburn Doubledays, Sterling fire

Hits & Misses: High school sports playoffs, Auburn Doubledays, Sterling fire

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The concession stand is busy Saturday night for the first home game for the Auburn Doubledays in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League.

HIT: To the return of post-season competition in scholastic sports in New York state.

This week brings a busy slate of Section III and Section IV playoff games in lacrosse, softball and baseball for teams in the Cayuga County area.

These games are a new phase in a progressively less restrictive approach to school sports allowed by lowering COVID-19 infection rates and higher vaccination levels. A state tournament is still not going to happen this spring, but hopefully the trends continue and we're back to athletics the way used to be by the fall.

MISS: To a destructive outdoor fire in the town of Sterling.

Firefighters from several departments, plus an Onondaga County Sheriff's Office helicopter equipped with water for dropping on the flames from above, were at the scene of a Center Road fire last Wednesday for more than five hours. A four-acre patch of vacant land was charred when the blaze was finally extinguished.

HIT: To the return of Auburn Doubledays games at Falcon Park in Auburn.

After a full summer without any competition because of the COVID-19 pandemic and then the elimination of the city's Minor League Baseball franchise last fall, the future of baseball games on summer nights in the city was in some doubt.

But thanks to the work of city officials in finding an alternative and the interest of the new owners of Auburn's Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League club, the Doubledays name and spirit live on. Last weekend brought the season opener and there were smiles everywhere at Falcon Park.

We encourage everyone to check out the team's schedule and make some plans to get to the stadium a few times this year. It remains a wonderful family outing.

The Citizen editorial board includes publisher Michelle Bowers, executive editor Jeremy Boyer and managing editor Mike Dowd.

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