First Valley storms disrupt spring training, cause damage to apartment complex in Mesa

PHOENIX - A cluster of afternoon storms Saturday brought with them brief downpours of rain and gusts of wind postponing one spring training game, shortening a NASCAR race and included one report of damage to a Valley apartment complex.

Rain and winds postponed the San Francisco Giants vs Chicago Cubs spring training game supposed to be held at 1:05 p.m. at Cubs Park.

Baseball fans who had tickets to today's game will be able to exchange their tickets for a future game, according to the Cubs' twitter feed.

The Arizona Diamondbacks' match-up against the Milwaukee Brewers was pushed back until 1:45 p.m. due to weather, but was eventually called during the fifth inning. The Diamondbacks were up 2-1.

The Diamondbacks then canceled their Saturday night game against the Cubs due to inclement weather, saying the game would not be made up.

The 1:45 p.m. NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Phoenix International Raceway was briefly delayed as rain and dark clouds moved over the track. The race was again delayed due to weather around 3:45 p.m. The race was finally called off with 32 laps to go, giving Kyle Busch his third straight win at the track.

Shaina Tate, 17, submitted a photo of an apartment complex near Alma School and Main Street in Mesa with damage to its roof.

According to Tate, she watched the storm move through her area with her mom and dad and noticed a "funnel." She said the funnel never made it to the ground, but did skim the top of a nearby apartment complex throwing debris into the air and causing the roof to be damaged.

Tate's mom, Wendy, said it was something she had never seen before. The National Weather Service has not confirmed that there were any funnel clouds or tornadoes in the area at the time of the storm.

Saturday night, a pickup truck partially fell into a sinkhole at 19th Avenue and Bethany Home Road in Phoenix. There was no immediate information on what caused the sinkhole, but it is along the portion of Valley Metro light rail under construction.

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