Winter weather not good for local baseball
by PAMELA SCOTT JOHNSON Staff Writer
The calendar says its spring and the local high schools are trying to play baseball and softball, but the cold, snowy and damp weather has made it difficult.
In this neck of the woods, you never know what kind of weather we’re going to get, especially in the early part of the season.
If you love baseball, you love the sound of the ball hitting the bat, the pounding of the leather glove, the smell of freshly cut grass and the chatter coming from the infielders.
This year in particular, it has been tough to get on the field to practice and difficult to get in some of the early games on the schedules.
On Monday, snow was falling and temperatures were in the low 30s. Several games had to be postponed. The weather forecast for Tuesday did not appear to be any better.
Local coaches say it makes it tough trying to get their squads in game shape. Timing is so important in baseball on both offense and defense. Trying to practice infield, running down fly balls and turning double plays is challenging to do inside a gymnasium.
Taking batting practice in cage can help some, but it is just not the same hitting inside. Going against live pitching, standing in a batter’s box, outside in the open air on a baseball diamond is so much better.
It’s demanding on both coaching staffs and players.
The diamond sports, baseball and softball, suffer in this region. Even more so this year with the late wintry weather in the Tug Valley.
Hopefully it will soon get warmer and dryer and things will improve. Before you know it, we’ll be complaining that it’s too hot.
You gotta love March Madness. This first long weekend of the tournament is so exciting for college basketball fans. Even those casual fans who don’t usually get into sports, will participate in filling out an office bracket.
The Cinderella stories, the upsets by the underdogs and the story lines are simply fantastic.
You have last second shots like Ohio State’s Aaron Craft made that win games. You have last second shots that go clank off the rim and a team loses. There are late turnovers that cause a team to lose – see Davidson.
Then there is always a team that rises up like No. 15 seeded Florida Gulf Coast. A school that most no one has even heard of. Now they have advanced to the Sweet 16. FGCU became the first 15 to reach the Sweet 16, and the Eagles made it look fun.
Another note on Florida Gulf Coast is a West Virginia native Chase Fieler. He played his high school basketball at Parkersburg South. He has had one of the best dunks of the NCAA tournament. It has been on all the highlight reels and has been shared on social media.
It’s good to see a kid like Fieler make a name for himself and to be a part of such a great Cinderella college basketball story.
He has averaged 12 points and 5 rebounds per game this season.
… Kara Pollinger is a former Tolsia standout and current Navy junior basketball player. She is the team captain and helped Navy win the Patriot League Championship for the third straight season.
Pollinger is averaging 11 ppg, around 5 assists, and 4 rebounds this season. She is also leading the team in minutes played. The Midshipmen are 21-11 on the year and start four juniors and a sophomore. In the championship game she scored an all-time Patriot League Championship high 24 points on 6-10 shooting from behind the 3-point line. She was selected all-tournament for the second year in a row.
Unfortunately for Pollinger and her team, they got beat in the first round against Kentucky.
… The WHS Hall of Fame is still in need of donations. Any past graduates or current Wolfpack hall of fame members are encouraged to make a donation. HOF president Cecil Hatfield will be sending out a letter. Members and their families are also encouraged to attend this year’s 2-day event, which will be Friday and Saturday, August 16 and 17, at the Williamson Community Center (the West End pool building).
(Kyle Lovern is the sports editor for the Williamson Daily News. Comments or story ideas can be sent to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org)
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