AUBURN – Scott Annear and Todd Cifelli both teach at Edward Little High School, but since the former coaches baseball for Edward Little and the latter for Lewiston, the topic of conversation usually centers on the rivalry or baseball.
Sometimes it revolves around both, and sometimes out of those conversations come some new and interesting ideas.
“We were throwing around the idea of playing a night game at Auburn Suburban and we thought it wouldn’t hurt to ask (administration),” Annear said.
Both coaches got the green light from their respective athletic directors, and with the help of Auburn Suburban Little League officials, the Edward Little and Lewiston baseball teams will be meeting under the lights at 7 p.m. tonight at the ASLL complex on Garfield Road.
The game won’t be the first ever played under the lights between the two schools.
Former Lewiston player, coach and athletic director Fern Masse recalls playing a night game at Pettengill Park in the early 1950s and believes it may have occurred several times since then. But both current coaches hope playing the game at night at the start of a holiday weekend can add some spice to the rivalry this year and possibly beyond.
“I think it could be a nice little tradition to start between the Twin Cities,” said Cifelli, an ASLL and Edward Little alum now in his first year coaching at Lewiston. “It could be a spark for both programs.”
The Blue Devils (6-8) already added a little twist to the rivalry this year by beating the Red Eddies for the first time since 2003 back on May 9.
Luke Potter shut out EL that day, 3-0, but the Eddies won’t have to worry about facing him again because Potter pitched, and took his first loss of the year, Wednesday at Brunswick.
The Eddies (7-5) are also coming off a loss yesterday, to Oxford Hills. With just a week left in the regular season, tonight’s game could be crucial to both teams’ playoff hopes and/or positioning.
Neither team has played at night this year. Annear and Cifelli agreed that the Eddies should have a slight advantage having virtually grown up playing under the ASLL lights.
“We’ll just need to adjust,” Cifelli said. “Hopefully, there will be times in the future, whether it’s in the playoffs or in Legion, where we’re playing some big games under the lights.”
The rain date is 4 p.m. Friday at EL’s normal home, Pettengill Park.