Weather playing tricks on diamond

By Brandon Speck/NEMS Daily Journal

It seems like a yearly problem and this year is no different. Rain – even snow – is postponing softball and baseball games. With the playoffs in the visible future, teams getting all of their division games in becomes a challenge.
“It is every year. Doesn’t seem like you can get into a routine,” Mooreville softball coach Perry Wilburn said. “Play two or three and sit out a week. Now we’re starting to lose games.”
Mooreville was one of several area teams forced to postpone Thursday. The Lady Troopers moved a key Division 2-3A game against Nettleton to Monday. Mooreville was originally scheduled to play Itawamba AHS on Monday. That game may not get rescheduled.
North Pontotoc and Lewisburg will push it to the limit, scheduling a 2-4A game on a rare Wednesday, April 18, a day before playoff play-in games are scheduled.
“What do you do? There’s nothing you can do about it,” North coach Shane Montgomery said. “One thing you can’t control is the weather. You just can’t get anything in sync.”
Wilburn says the non-division games get teams ready for the games that count, but says his team is fortunate to have already played 19 games, some of them he schedules in tournaments in case the weather does what it usually does.
“If you get a pretty day, get in as many innings as you can,” Wilburn said.
Baldwyn at New Site was one of Thursday’s casualties. The two will play at 5 p.m. Monday. Four of Baldwyn’s five remaining games are division games.
layoffs hurt
Baldwyn coach Jessica Taylor has already seen what too much time off will do. Her Lady Bearcats were forced to go 12 days (rain and basketball) between a win in the Tupelo Tournament and a shutout loss at home to Mooreville.
“We’ve only played 14 games and we’re usually into the 20s,” Taylor said. “We could play five to six games in a week, pretty much all division games.”
brandon.speck@journalinc.com