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Lopers dig out to have home games at home

A member of the UNK baseball team is seen shoveling snow off Memorial Field on April 16, 2018, days after a blizzard blew through the area (KHGI)

The city of Kearney is getting out of the cleanup stages from this weekend’s blizzard.

UNK baseball is among those who have to break out the shovels, tractors, and gators in order to clear the turf at Memorial Field so they can begin a doubleheader with Northwest Missouri State Tuesday at noon.

"If it wasn't for the city of Kearney and Landmark Implement, we wouldn't have a prayer of getting it clean, so fortunately we have support," said a thankful Damon Day in his 15th and final year as head coach of the program.

UNK didn't even get back to Kearney until close to midnight Sunday after a doubleheader with Washburn in Hays, Kan., originally scheduled to be played at Memorial Field. It didn't stop the Lopers from getting out on the field Monday afternoon and doing their best with what Mother Nature left for them.

The last time UNK tried to play Northwest Missouri State, the game was postponed due to bad weather in Maryville, Mo. These two teams are currently tied for fourth in the MIAA at 15-9, making this a pivotal series for both clubs. UNK topped the Bearcats 17-1 in seven innings when the NWMSU played at Memorial Field on March 21.

Tuesday’s double trouble starts at 12 p.m.

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