The waiting game: Soggy weather impacts baseball

By John Conley - [email protected]

Wyoming East and Westside spent most of last week playing the waiting game instead of baseball.

The Class AA Region 3, Section 1 tourney was slated to get under way last week.

Westside’s game at Oak Hill on Monday, a 10-8, loss went off as scheduled.

Then the rain hit. And stayed.

No other games in the five-team, double-elimination took place as wet weather and poor field conditions forced postponement after postponement.

“I don’t remember it ever being so bad,” said East coach Ron Mayhew.

And that’s saying something because Mayhew has been coaching high school baseball for over 40 years.

“You get up ever day thinking you might play,” the coach commented, “and trying to figure out how you’re going to practice.

“You have to start the day as if you’re going to play, even if the weatherman says you’re not,” he added.

One of the challenges is keeping hitters and pitchers ready to go in the event they get to play.

“You get excited and pumped up, but doing this every day is like shooting yourself in the foot,” Mayhew remarked.

Zac Cox, the first year head coach at Westside, is in a bit different position since his team has played a game.

“It’s rough,” Cox said. “I’m just trying to keep the boys from having the feeling that the season was over.

“All we can do is get outside when we can and get our rounds in the cage,” he stated.

Mayhew says his colub has worked hard on the batting.

“We need to work on the hitting, but there’s only so much you can do in the fieldhouse,” he said. “We’re worked on relays and cut offs and turning double plays.

“It’s kind of like starting all over,” Mayhew observed. “We’ve been a week without playing.”

East was slated to play at Liberty last Tuesday. A win would have probably put them in a game at top seed Independence. A loss would put them at home against Westside.

So Mayhew was working on the Warriors field on Sunday in the event his team gets a home game.

Westside was scheduled to play the East-Liberty loser.

The soggy weather last week means field conditions could be an issue when teams return to play.

“If the ground is going to be soft, it takes a lot away from your hitting,” Mayhew said. “The ball can be hit hard, and the soft ground just makes it a slow roller.”

Mayhew is not a fan of the new tournament alignment.

“I dislike anything which gives someone an advantage,” he commented. “In the playoffs, everyone should be on an equal basis.

“It wouldn’t be that hard to set up a system that is more balanced,” Mayhew said.

Forecasts for this week call for mostly sunny, warm weather.

Check next week’s Independent Herald for the baseball sectional results.

John Conley can be reached at 304-732-6060 or on Twitter @PIHnews.

By John Conley

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