Wade Neer is batting in the bottom of the 1st inning in Loyalton on May 9 with the Grizzlies. The snow was so thick the game was called before the 2nd inning began. Photo by Daisy Neer

Chester gets snowed out in Loyalton

By Mari Erin Roth

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The Chester Volcanoes headed to play their final game May 9 in Loyalton. Weather was predicted but they went for it, well, because it was the last day of permissible play for the season. The game started while snow fell in giant clumps on the players, fans and the field. “Played one inning and the umps called it,” said CHS assistant Volcano coach George Wellman, “and appropriately so for player safety.”

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The out-of-town game coincided with Senior Day celebrations for the graduating Volcano ball players from Chester. Senior players are Joe Garrett, Joey Tantardino, Juan Flores, Wade Neer, Zack Brent, Dillon Jilbert, and Cayleb Clark. The snow fell heavy but smiles were bright enough to see through it all.

The Volcanoes finished the league season with a 13-5 overall record and a 6-2 in league. “We are now awaiting the playoff schedule,” said coach Wellman, “which will be known sometime tomorrow.” That would be Wednesday, May 11. Stay tuned.

Senior day celebrations IN THE SNOW with Ryan Neer, senior son Wade Neer, and mother (perpetual all-sport cheerleader) Shelley Neer.  Photo by Daisy Neer
Shielded by giant snowflakes, proud mom Susan Tantardino, CHS third base and outfielder Joey Tantardino, and papa Joe Tantardino weather the weather for this special day with their senior ball player.  Photo by Daisy Neer
The Chester Volcanoes gather after a one-inning game with the Loyalton Grizzlies May 9 that ended with a tied score of 1-1. The game was called on a count of … you guessed it, snow. From left: Fritz Barr (Fielding Coach), Joe Tantardino (Batting Coach), senior Joe Garrett, senior Juan Flores, senior Dillon Jilbert, Lucas Klimek, Kooper Clark, Haven Chase, Tanner Harrison, senior Joey Tantardino, Connor Barr, senior Wade Neer, senior Zack Brent, Jax Holland, Logan Oswald, Mike Klimek (Head Coach), George Wellman (Assistant Coach). Photo by Paul Hartig (CHS Athletic Director)