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Thunderstorm rips through Richmond’s Diamond

Richmond Flying SquirrelsSevere weather hits The Diamond, home of the Richmond Flying Squirrels (Class AA; Eastern League) during a Monday matinee, causing significant damage to the outfield fence.

The game between the Squirrels and the New Britain Rock Cats was called in the eighth, with the Rock Cats winning 6-2. Then came the deluge: 60-mph winds tore through the ballpark, taking down significant sections of the outfield fence.

Despite a crowd of 4,500 or so at the game, no one was hurt.

“Baseball brings you a lot of different things a lot of different days. This is certainly nothing we had ever seen,” Flying Squirrels vice president and chief operating officer Todd “Parney” Parnell told Richmond’s CBS 6. “The main thing is everyone is safe. We can fix the outfield wall.”


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