Mother Nature never has had a losing season. Whatever weather extremes she offers, teams are forced to deal with the circumstances.
Such is the case in Alaska and West Virginia. While Alaska teams are coping with record snowfall that has delayed the start of the season, the unusually good weather in West Virginia has caused games to be cancelled.
Yes, you read that right. Games are dropping off schedules because the weather has been too nice in West Virginia.
As reported by The Herald-Dispatch
, baseball and softball teams are limited to 32 regular-season games by the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission. Expecting inclement weather during the spring season, teams routinely schedule more than the allotted amount in anticipation of rainouts, etc.
The good weather hasn't cooperated, so to speak.
"We may have to cancel one or two more at the end if we don't have any rained out this week," Spring Valley (Huntington, W. Va.)
baseball coach Jim Hensley told the newspaper.
Meanwhile, in Alaska, more than 133 inches of snow has covered Anchorage and the surrounding areas this year. Teams largely have been stuck indoors as the start of the girls soccer season has passed (April 12), while softball is scheduled to start this weekend (April 28).
"It's just the frustration of the kids that's tough," Anchorage Sports Association Softball Director Don Brooks told the Anchorage Daily News
. "They've been in the gym so much, they're chomping at the bit.
"Usually we're outside and getting on the dirt about now. If not on the dirt, we're at least in parking lots."