Adverse weather conditions have impact on spring sports

of the HeraldApril 9, 2014 

While I scanned through the channels on my TV, I wasn’t surprised to discover last month was one of the wettest Marches of all time in western Washington. Many baseball, softball and tennis matches were cancelled due to too much precipitation.

It seems a large number of games end up getting canceled because of every year in the final two weeks of March.

While I covered the Puyallup-Bethel baseball game on March 28, overcast skies greeted the teams throughout the duration of the contest. Fortunately, there wasn’t a single drop of rain.

Vikings pitcher Luke Heimlich tossed a perfect game in Puyallup’s 9-0 victory, and immediately after I conducting postgame interviews, a downpour blanketed Heritage Park for the next five to 10 minutes.

Thankfully, the game was over without the weather affecting Heimlich, who recorded 21 consecutive outs.

Canceled games have to be rescheduled, particularly when the contest is between two teams in the same league. On most occasions, that means teams will have to play three to four games in a short period of time later in the season. In baseball and softball, that can take a huge toll on pitching staffs.

Thankfully, not all high school sports are interrupted. You can count on track, soccer and water polo unless other safety issues come up. Typically, track and soccer games are only postponed when lightning strikes take place.

During the past five or six years, I remember at least three times when games were delayed due to lightning. In spring 2009, a boys soccer game at Sparks Stadium was canceled due to multiple strikes near the field.

April has arrived, and I hope the weather will cooperate for the final two months of the spring sports season. Blue skies and sunshine may be wishful thinking, but if the rain stays away, high school sports enthusiasts will be thrilled.

Shaun Scott: 253-552-7002 Twitter: @herald_shaun

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