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As the ballpark stands empty, local businesses benefit from the rain

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Rain ruined the chances for baseball on Saturday, but local businesses are cashing in on the rain out.

The Caravelle Resort Tournament is being postponed until Sunday because of inclement weather. While rain keeps the players off the field, it is pushing them and their families into our local economy.

"It brings a very solid weekend in the low months, which is nice," says Tyler Meschwitz, a chef at Travinia Italian Kitchen in the Market Common.

Local restaurants and shops see the impact of sports tourism growing in Myrtle Beach.

"We definitely see an increase in business from that. And, it's nice being a southern state because we have people from the northern area coming down to play in the tournaments," explains Meschwitz.

Organizers of this weekend's tournament say even with today's gloomy weather, Myrtle Beach is a destination for players from the North.

"They want to come to here. First because of CCU's national reputation, but also because of our weather here in Myrtle Beach," says Mike Cawood with the Caravelle Resort Tournament.

Cawood explains many northern schools don't play any home games in the beginning of the season because of weather.

"It's a gamble you take with an outdoor sport," he says.

CCU students are glad they are postponing the games until the weather clears up.

"So many students want to go to the games, to the tournaments. But, we're not going to sit in the rain. I think more people will come out tomorrow," says Angel Carabello, a student at Coastal Carolina University.

Cawood explains many factors play a part in postponing these games.

"The head coach works with the field crew to decide if the field is playable. Even if it is not currently raining outside, they take into consideration the condition of the field," says Cawood.

He explains safety is an issue as well.

"We first take into account our players' safety. Throwing a wet ball at 90 mph or trying to grasp a slippery aluminum bat is never a good idea," Cawood explains.

The crew takes into consideration any damage that could be done to the field.

According to Cawood all three games will be played Sunday:

9:30 am Kansas State vs. Elon


1:00 pm #8 Kentucky vs. Coastal Carolina


4:30 pm Elon vs. Coastal Carolina

Updates can be found online at GoCCUsports.com


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