Think rain is causing a huge mess around your house the past few days? Consider what it’s doing to the area’s high school softball and baseball schedules.
LHSAA assistant executive director Ronda Richardson called the National Weather Service to gain some clarity as softball team prepare to report district champions and records for the playoffs by 10 p.m. Wednesday.
Some won’t be able to finish their district games, or get in some planned postseason tune-up games. The show must go on, and Richardson said the LHSAA will release its softball playoff pairings at about noon Thursday. Softball playoffs could begin as early as Friday. Teams have until next Tuesday to complete the first playoff round.
“We can’t push things back,” Richardson said. “There are deadlines for playoff games, and there’s no margin for error. We sent an email out to the schools about it late last night. And it’s tough, because everybody in Louisiana has been hit by this rain.
“Last week, north Louisiana got hit harder than we did here in the south. This week the roles are reversed. We know it’s supposed to continue to rain. Teams still have to report their district results (Wednesday) and the 15-game requirement for playoff teams won’t be waived.
“I think most districts are in pretty good shape. Only a few teams haven’t play 15 games, and most of those won’t factor into the playoffs. If there’s a district with an issue, the principals will have to decide who the representatives are.”
Meanwhile, assignment secretary Al Toups of the Capital City Umpires Association for baseball took calls Monday and Tuesday as baseball coaches grappled with the rain-induced delay to their season.
The good news, if there is any, for softball is that most teams had one or two remaining district games. Most baseball teams have four or five district games left going into the final two weeks of their regular seasons.
Only a few optimistic coaches rescheduled Tuesday’s rained out games for Wednesday. Given the forecast, Toups said he expects most games to be made up next week.
“We could be in a situation where teams wind up playing every day next week just to finish their district games in time,” Toups said. “We’ve had years where there was a week of rain, but it’s usually earlier in the year. Nobody got to play (Tuesday). Thursday we’ve got 21 games on the schedule and right now it doesn’t look like those games will be played either.
“There’s some wiggle room on Friday and Saturday. Some might be able to play Friday. There are only four or five district games on the schedule. I look for some teams to cancel their nondistrict games in order to make up a game, but that hasn’t happened yet.”
The list of local athletes set to sign with colleges Wednesday to help open NCAA’s early signing period continues to grow. Other signees to note include:
- Central bowler Haley Young is set to sign with Alabama State at 8:10 a.m. in the school’s gym. Young led Central to a state runner-up finish last weekend.
- Scotlandville track sprinter Jaslyn Bowman is scheduled to sign with Southeastern Louisiana at 11 a.m. at the school. Bowman’s specialities include the 100, 200 and 400 meters.
- Catholic-Pointe Coupee’s Jacob Juge, a football and baseball standout, is set to sign to play baseball at Southern University at 12:30 p.m. at the school. Juge plays center field for the Hornets.