Inclement weather leaves teams all wet
CHAMPAIGN — Weather cancellations have become the rage this spring on the local sports scene.
First, it was the cold.
Now, it’s the rain.
The Illinois softball team will deal with another schedule adjustment, its sixth such occurrence this season. Friday’s series opener against Indiana was postponed, resulting in a doubleheader Saturday starting at 1 p.m.
The 18-team Unity boys’ track and field invitational scheduled for Friday is postponed, Unity athletic director Scott Hamilton said. He’s optimistic the meet could be rescheduled for Monday, but it’s dependent on how many teams will compete.
“I don’t think we’ll do anything without six or eight schools,” Hamilton said. “It’s looking like it may not be as quality an invite as we’d like to have.”
For any high school baseball and softball team anxious because the postseason arrives in a month, rest assured. IHSA assistant executive director Matt Troha said Thursday teams have to play at least six games to be eligible for the postseason. Most area squads have hit that quota, even if it hasn’t felt like it with the turbulent spring weather.
“It’s, obviously, really frustrating for an athletic director dealing with all this,” Hamilton said. “It’s unfortunate for those kids that they only get a limited opportunity, and when you do cram something in, you feel like you’re playing in less-than-desirable conditions.”
Hamilton met with his coaches Thursday morning and echoed a sentiment many other teams throughout the area can relate to.
“There’s only so many things you can do inside,” Hamilton said, “and we feel like we’re running out of things to do.”