It’s the yearly battle college baseball coaches fight in the part of the country: the weather. Winter like conditions this past weekend forced teams all across the state the juggle schedules, postpone games and move inside for practice. Clarke College has a game schedule against Loras on Wednesday. It will be the Crusader’s first game in a week.
Clarke coach Chad Harris says he feels the team will take the time off to focus on academics and catch up. He says it will also help them heal up after playing several games in a short period of time. Harris has his team move inside in an attempt to stay sharp. He says they have indoor facilities where they can bat and throw, and they also go out to the field and take infield practice.
An extended period of bad weather is especially tough to deal with for a sport that is designed to be played every day. William Penn coach Mike Laird says they have an indoor facility this year that they haven’t had in the past. Although he says it does get kind of old not being able to get outside. He says finding ways to practice can be difficult, things such as baserunning.
Morningside coach Jim Scholten says with snow on the ground over the weekend it’s hard to imagine that the regular season is in its final month. He says for people who don’t follow the season closely think it is just beginning, but they have over 30 games in already.