Mt. Vernon Register-News

April 3, 2014

Rain Outs

Heavy downpour forces coaches to alter sports plans

By Paul Hines
Register-News

MT. VERNON —

It's part of every spring season, and coaches know it's coming at some point.

Rain.

A heavy downpour crushed outdoor sporting plans in Mt. Vernon and the surrounding areas Thursday.

Mt. Vernon's baseball and softball teams were scheduled to open South Seven Conference action at Althoff. The games have now been moved to Tuesday, April 15. Both teams were planning on practicing at the warehouse, but the softball practice was eventually canceled as well.

If anyone has coached baseball or softball for a while, they know that this is part of the deal,” Mt. Vernon baseball coach Tim Holloway said. “Sometimes this happens, and you have to keep getting your work in and maintaining your routine.”

Mt. Vernon's softball team travels the Vandalia Tournament on Saturday. Coach Lance Boldt said his team wants to play, but will have to wait and see how the next few days develop.

It just depends on how much rain we get and how much sun is out the next couple days,” Boldt said.

The baseball team is scheduled to travel to DuQuoin today. Holloway said he was hopeful of playing the game because of the type of field surface the Indians play on.

Fortunately DuQuoin has turf (today) so we're hoping to get that in,” Holloway said.

Both baseball and softball squads return home on Tuesday for conference matchups with Marion. Brennan Klein Memorial Field, where the baseball team plays, typically drains and dries quickly.

We're going to need some sun and wind, but we're definitely hoping to play on Tuesday,” Holloway said. “Our coaches will make sure that we do everything we can to get those games in.”

The softball team plays its home contests on the northwest field at Lincoln Park. Boldt said the team has an elevation advantage that could aid the drying process. The surface sits higher than any of the other fields.

Sam Root, who is the Webber baseball coach and also the school's athletic director, said pitching depth becomes a key late in the season if rained out games are moved, especially conference matchups. A school could be playing almost every day.

Pitching depth becomes really important in times like that when you get jammed up with so many conference games,” Root said.

Teams will try again today to get back on their respective fields for sports action.