Since the Hannibal Cavemen last played at Clemens Field, heavy rain has fallen multiple times, a flash flood has occurred and water from nearby Bear Creek has surged well beyond its banks. Still, despite all that, a team official was optimistic Monday the game against Springfield, Ill., will go on as scheduled Tuesday night, June 30. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.

Since the Hannibal Cavemen last played at Clemens Field, heavy rain has fallen multiple times, a flash flood has occurred and water from nearby Bear Creek has surged well beyond its banks. Still, despite all that, a team official was optimistic Monday the game against Springfield, Ill., will go on as scheduled Tuesday night, June 30. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.

“We’re still optimistic, especially now that the river has crested,” said Deron Johnson, director of marketing and sales for the Cavemen. “We didn’t encounter any high water like floodwater on the field, so that’s obviously in our favor.

“We shouldn’t have any field worries. That was our main concern. We’ve still got some work to do on the field obviously. As long as we don’t get any more rain, we should be good.”

As of mid-morning Monday, a good deal of water was standing on the dirt surface of the Clemens Field infield, which was left uncovered over the weekend.

“Hopefully if we get some decent sunshine between now and midday tomorrow… It dries up really well. If we can just get some warm weather and sunshine we’re going to be OK,” said Johnson.

While water still filled the ballpark plaza area Monday, where fans typically enter the ballpark on game nights, the team has other options on how to get people to their seats.

“I doubt we’ll be able to use the main entrance, but we may be able to use the entrance next to the ticket booth,” said Johnson. “If the water recedes enough and we get that area cleaned up, we’ll probably use that entrance. Otherwise we would use the very front entrance by our clubhouse. Either way we’ll be able to get people in.”

While floodwaters forced the evacuation of the grandstand concessions area, fans will still not have any problem finding their favorite ballpark munchies.

“We have a regular concession area over on the third base side by the home run deck. That hasn’t been affected by any of the water,” said Johnson. “Likely what we would do is put a temporary concession stand on the first base side, probably near the handicapped accessible area. There’s room there on the first base side.”

While the flash flood ruined food items and souvenirs in the grandstand last week, the flood waters from Bear Creek have not added to the team’s losses.

“We cleaned out our walk-in cooler and freezer Thursday and there was no damage to it beforehand,” said Johnson. “There would have been damage had we not cleaned it out because of the high water. We got everything moved out of the concession stand anticipating the river crest. I’m glad we did what we did Thursday. It was a lot of work, but if we hadn’t we would have lost so much more.”

Reach reporter Danny Henley at danny.henley@courierpost.com .