FLOODED FIELDS: Morsches tries to recover from rain

COLUMBIA CITY — Flood waters saturated Morsches Park last week, shutting down Columbia City’s recreation hub by postponing games and cancelling practices, and leaving its new playground submersed in water.While the park is drying out, more rain is expected Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, leaving many youth league and high school athletes wondering how much more the park can handle.As of Monday’s presstime, Columbia City park officials said Saturday’s Opening Day for youth league baseball and softball will be on as scheduled.Columbia City High School’s softball game at Morsches against Northrop Friday also remains on the schedule.Though youth league games haven’t started, coaches have been forced to cancel or move practices due to cold weather and wet fields.Currently, practice is being held on fields that have been cleaned sufficiently to allow it.Weather permitting, the Opening Day parade is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. with a pitch from Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel. Youth league games will begin after the ceremony and continue all afternoon.