Wait a minute. Isn’t it supposed to be spring?
The calendar may claim that it’s the middle of April, but don’t tell that to area baseball and softball teams who saw multiple games washed out by a mix of rain and snow that left fields unplayable – and underwater in some places.
Two weeks into the season, the scorecard read Mother Nature 11, Port High 0. Since then, the teams have managed to squeeze in some action between the raindrops and snowflakes, but midway through the season, the bat-and-ball squads have combined to finish just five of 17 scheduled games. Even the normally more weather-resistant track teams had to postpone one meet, and with reports of Saturday’s high winds blowing hurdles across the track, the Kane Invitational was canceled.
“This has been brutal,” athletic director Dan Stavisky wrote in an email attached to a lengthy list of schedule updates. As he attempted to rake the muddy infield last Monday afternoon – the first time his team was able to get outside after practicing in the gym for a full month, and just 24 hours before taking on defending league champ Coudersport – new softball coach Dave Morey said he’d never seen such a prolonged stretch of bad weather to begin the season. Stavisky, who started teaching at Port in 1985-86, echoed that sentiment at the next day’s track meet.
Where, to nobody’s surprise, it was raining again.
Rescheduled games (so far):
Mar. 28: Smethport (home) –
DH at Smethport Apr. 20 // postponed again
Mar. 31: Otto-Eldred (home) – May 7
Apr. 4: Northern Potter (away) – May 14
Apr. 6: Kane (home) – TBA
Apr. 18: Cameron County (away) – suspended; TBA
Mar. 29: Smethport (away) – May 20
Mar. 31: Otto-Eldred (away) – Apr. 21
Apr. 4: Northern Potter (home) – May 14
Apr. 6: Austin (away) – DH at Port May 5
Apr. 8: Johnsonburg (away) – May 17
Apr. 14: Oswayo Valley (away) – TBA
Apr. 18: Cameron County (home) – TBA