The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

May 6, 2013

Rain wins on 1st day

By Gary Fauber
Assistant Sports Editor

BECKLEY — The weather made a mess of the first three weeks of the spring sports season. Now it’s playing havoc with the postseason.

Persistent rain forced the cancellation of all sectional baseball games that were supposed to begin Monday. Aside from torturing anxious coaches and players, the weather can make scheduling a nightmare.

“I didn’t want to have to fight the weather in this first year, but it is what it is,” first-year Independence baseball coach Scotty Cuthbert said. “You just have to deal with it.”

For the most part, all sections will follow the same schedules as were set Monday. But that brings the very definition of tentative — rain is in today’s forecast, maybe even more.

Wednesday also becomes questionable. Even if it doesn’t rain, games could still be in jeopardy if there is no sun to help quicken the drying process.

Sections with only two teams are less impacted by rain than those with three.

“Much easier,” said Wyoming East coach Ron “Chief” Mayhew, who is in Class AA Region 3, Section 2 with Westside. “It’s easier for organization, and a (weather) delay is never a problem. This is the first time we have been a two-team section. It’s a different feeling.”

If games should be rained out today, then organizers have the option of playing doubleheaders starting Wednesday. The Class AA Region 3, Section 1 tournament at Independence involving the Patriots, Liberty and Summers County will go that route. Liberty and Summers would play at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, with Indy getting the winner 30 minutes later.

Others were undecided as of Monday. Woodrow Wilson and Oak Hill were to play at Shady Spring in the Class AAA Region 3, Section 1 tournament but were rescheduled for today. A plan in case of rain today was still being considered Monday night.

Princeton and Greenbrier East were scheduled to start play in the Class AAA Region 3, Section 2 at Princeton, but will instead wait until Wednesday.

Other spring sports may be able to dodge the weather altogether. Region softball semifinals are not scheduled until Thursday. The state tennis tournament is set for Thursday through Saturday in Charleston, with much of it played on indoor courts. Regional track meets for all three classes are also in Charleston, Wednesday through Friday.

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