Weather smacks schedules

April showers may bring May flowers, but with it also comes postponements for sporting events.

After a pretty calm spring, Mother Nature unleashed a wrath of rainy weather this week, bringing a standstill to most high school and college games.

Just like the winter, making up these contests will be impossible, as not enough open dates remain until postseason play begins.

“We’ll try to play as many makeup games as we can, but the way it looks right now, that won’t be possible,” Elkins Athletic Director Todd Price said. “We need to get our games with sectional opponents in and go from there.”

The Tigers have played just one sectional opponent – Buckhannon-Upshur – this season in baseball. They’re scheduled to host another one at 4:30 p.m. today, Hampshire, then visit Romney to face the Trojans on Friday and travel to Lewis County May 10 in the regular-season finale.

Unlike softball, baseball does have a small window to get some makeup games in before the postseasons starts.

Softball sectionals are slated to begin next week, so the abundance of postponements and cancellations has some teams not scheduled to play again until then.

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ON?TRACK:?It’s hard to believe, but the high school track season also is about to enter the final stretch, so to speak.

The Big 10 Conference championships will be held May 9 at Bridgeport High School, while the PVC meet is set for next Thursday at Moorefield.

Regional competition will be contended the following week.

If you haven’t been able to attend a meet this spring, I urge you to do so.

The area has several athletes that will be favorites to win titles at the state meet, which begins May 23 at Charleston’s Laidley Field.

The Class AAA, Region II meet will be held at Buckhannon-Upshur on May 16, while the Class A, Region II event is set for Lewis County on May 15.

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WESLEYAN?SOFTBALL:?Congratulations go out to veteran West Virginia Wesleyan softball coach Steve Warner and his standout player Jacqui Omichinski for earning Mountain East Conference postseason honors.

Warner was named the MEC’s Coach of the Year after guiding the Bobcats to a regular-season league title and 38-10 overall mark, while Omichinski was the Player of the Year after batting .366 with seven homers and compiling a record of 14-3 on the hill and a 2.08 ERA.

Postseason honors may be overlooked by some, but the success of Warner and his Wesleyan softball team over the years is something to recognize.

The Bobcats, who will begin MEC tournament play today in Salem, Va., have been one of the most consistent area college programs in regards to success on the field, and even in a new conference, the beat goes on.