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  • Turners Falls Nicole Thibeault, shown diving back into third last week during a WMass softball semifinal win over Monson at UMass Amherst, and her Indians will be in action today at Rockwood Field in Worcester, where they'll play Assabet in the state Division III semis.<br/>Recorder/Micky Bedell

    Turners Falls Nicole Thibeault, shown diving back into third last week during a WMass softball semifinal win over Monson at UMass Amherst, and her Indians will be in action today at Rockwood Field in Worcester, where they'll play Assabet in the state Division III semis.
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  • Turners Falls Amber Caouette (6) and Indians teammate Barielle Arzuaga will also be in action today in Worcester.<br/>Recorder/Micky Bedell

    Turners Falls Amber Caouette (6) and Indians teammate Barielle Arzuaga will also be in action today in Worcester.
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  • Turners Falls first baseman Jenna Putala is a standout in the field and the batter's box, where she'll be found today in state Division III semifinal softball action against Assabet today in Worcester.<br/>Recorder/Micky Bedell

    Turners Falls first baseman Jenna Putala is a standout in the field and the batter's box, where she'll be found today in state Division III semifinal softball action against Assabet today in Worcester.
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  • Jenna Putala reaches for a high five from teammate Nicole Thibeault after defeating the Monson Mustangs in the Western Mass Softball semifinals at UMass Amherst on Wednesday.<br/>Recorder/Micky Bedell

    Jenna Putala reaches for a high five from teammate Nicole Thibeault after defeating the Monson Mustangs in the Western Mass Softball semifinals at UMass Amherst on Wednesday.
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  • Turners Falls baserunner Hailey Whipple slides safely into third base during the WMass semifinals at UMAss-Amherst Wednesday afternoon.<br/>Recorder/Micky Bedell

    Turners Falls baserunner Hailey Whipple slides safely into third base during the WMass semifinals at UMAss-Amherst Wednesday afternoon.
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  • Turners Falls Nicole Thibeault, shown diving back into third last week during a WMass softball semifinal win over Monson at UMass Amherst, and her Indians will be in action today at Rockwood Field in Worcester, where they'll play Assabet in the state Division III semis.<br/>Recorder/Micky Bedell
  • Turners Falls Amber Caouette (6) and Indians teammate Barielle Arzuaga will also be in action today in Worcester.<br/>Recorder/Micky Bedell
  • Turners Falls first baseman Jenna Putala is a standout in the field and the batter's box, where she'll be found today in state Division III semifinal softball action against Assabet today in Worcester.<br/>Recorder/Micky Bedell
  • Jenna Putala reaches for a high five from teammate Nicole Thibeault after defeating the Monson Mustangs in the Western Mass Softball semifinals at UMass Amherst on Wednesday.<br/>Recorder/Micky Bedell
  • Turners Falls baserunner Hailey Whipple slides safely into third base during the WMass semifinals at UMAss-Amherst Wednesday afternoon.<br/>Recorder/Micky Bedell

Apparently, the weatherman was a little off.

Spurred by the forecast of a 70 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms in the Worcester area Tuesday afternoon, MIAA State Softball Tournament Director Rich Lewis opted to play it safe and postpone the state semifinal tripleheader until today at the same time.

Unfortunately for Lewis, the predicted rain and lightning that was originally forecast for the area never came to fruition. According to a sports staffer from the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, “not a drop” of rain fell in the city. “They could have easily played.”

Thus, the Division III battle between Western Massachusetts champ Turners Falls High School and defending state champion Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School will be played today at 3 p.m.

As for today’s forecast, weather.com’s hourly information for Worcester includes a game-time temperature of 67 degrees with a 10 percent chance of rain and winds out of the east-northeast at 12 miles per hour.

Subject to change, of course.

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Weather aside, the main concern for the Indians and their fans today will involve President Barack Obama.

President Obama is speaking at the Worcester Technical High School graduation ceremony at the DCU Center. According to the Worcester Police Department, traffic between Worcester Regional Airport (on Route 122, the main road just before Chandler Street, where Worcester State is located) and the DCU Center will be interrupted from 2:30 to 6 p.m.

In an attempt to minimize traffic congestion and delays, the Worcester PD has advised the public to avoid the following areas from 2:30 to 6 (approximately):

• Pleasant Street

• Newton Square

• Highland Street

• Lincoln Square

• Major Taylor Boulevard

• All streets around the DCU Center.

Cross streets will also be impacted.

Pedestrian traffic will not be significantly affected. Worcester PD advises motorists to be patient during the event, and to be alert for pedestrians on the road, according to the department’s Facebook page.

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The Indians took advantage of the beautiful weather Tuesday locally and continued preparation for the contest with a light 11/ 2-hour practice.

Although he expects the lineup to primarily remain the same, head coach Gary Mullins admitted Tuesday evening that he may be forced to make a switch.

Junior first baseman Mackenzie Salls, one of the team’s best defensive players, suffered an injury to her hamstring and her status is up in the air.

Mullins said that, if Salls is unable to play, he would consider moving third baseman Amber Caouette to first and starting either Jessica Loynd or the recently-activated Jordan Meattey at third.

If Salls plays, Mullins will likely go in Saturday’s lineup with Morgan Ozdarski (catcher), Jenna Putala (second), Caouette, Gabby Arzuaga (shortstop), Mackenzie Phillips (pitcher), Salls, Emma Johnson (center field), Jordyn Fiske (right) and Hailey Whipple (left).

Mullins added that he could also hit for Salls if she can play but is limited to defense only.

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