The Kinston Indians went the entire 2009 season without a rainout — the first time that's been done in the Carolina League since 1999.
During one of the rainiest summers ever on the East Coast, the Kinston Indians (High Class A; Carolina League) dodged the drops and did not have a rainout at Historic Grainger Stadium this season. Kinston is the only team to stay dry in the Carolina League this year. This is the first time a Carolina League team has completed the season without a rainout since Wilmington did it in the 1999 season!
“A lot of credit goes to our grounds crew and Head Groundskeeper Stephen Watson,” says Kinston Indians General Manager Shari Massengill. “There were a lot of game days when big storms rolled through late in the afternoon, but we were ready before and after to get the games going.”
“We were definitely lucky,” says Head Groundskeeper Stephen Watson. ”It took a lot of luck, but it certainly is a tribute to everybody that helped out. From the City of Kinston fire department to parks and recreation, it is not just one person, it was everyone coming together and making it work.”
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