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Weather challenges the sports season

TRI-COUNTY AREA—Consistent rain, wind and low temperatures have caused many spring sports games to be rescheduled or canceled.
Due to the frequency of the game schedule changes, some events are not being rescheduled at all. Dundee Athletic Director Chuck Mochamer said Dundee has had 12 games posponed so far this season. He said that is at least twice as many over last year. Mochamer explained there are usually between four and six games postponed in April.
He added the problem is other schools are in the same position. Mochamer said Dundee will end up having to play doubleheader games to make up the postponed games.
National Weather Service Hydrometeorologist Ron Murphy said the rainfall so far in April has been 2.45 inches. He said that last year in April it was 1.87 inches.
Spring sports at Hammondsport had a later start than other area schools, with the first games two weeks ago. However, Athletic Director Jon Lowin said the baseball and softball teams have only played once. He added the bad weather means the varsity teams have only practiced outside twice.
“It looks like we’ll play the season in a three week period,” said Lowin. He explained May 21 is the cutoff day for games and matches due to the sectional schedule.
Lowin explained part of the problem is the condition of the fields. He said the maintenance staff can’t drive out onto the fields without leaving three inch ruts in the ground.
“I’ve never seen anything like this,” he said.
Another concern is pitchers having enough time between games. According to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, a baseball player can pitch a maximum of 12 innings in one day and no more than 18 total innings in a six-day period. If the player pitches eight innings in one day he must rest for two nights.
Athletic Director Tobin Tansey said the problem for Penn Yan is the condition of the grounds. He explained the baseball field could be a problem because it doesn’t dry out as fast as the softball field.
He added Penn Yan is not in as bad a situation as other schools. However, there might need to be some doubleheader games. Specifically he said the JV and modified teams need more makeup games (in late May, early June) than varsity. He said the district will have to wait and see what this week brings as far as weather.
Watkins Glen Athletic Director Denise Wickham said baseball and softball are the most affected, while sports with hard surfaces (track and tennis) have less cancellations due to rain. However, those sports can be canceled due to the cold and wind.
“I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Wickham of her three years as athletic director.






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