By now, both the Moore County Middle School softball and baseball teams should be in the thick of their regular season schedules and the high school teams should have a handful of preseason games in the book as their regular seasons are set to begin.
Instead, Mother Nature has had other plans.
An unseasonably cold February and early March, which included two ice storms and a bit of snow, has now led to wet fields. And with warmer weather this week, rain followed.
That’s forced all of Moore County’s baseball and softball coaches scrambling to reschedule games and seeking practice time anywhere but indoors. That’s been a difficult chore.
Both middle school teams were scheduled to kick off their respective seasons on March 2. It didn’t happen.
“(The) Westwood (game) has been rescheduled for Sunday, March 22 at the (Metro Lynchburg Moore County) Park at 3 p.m.,” said new middle school softball coach Eric Hunt on Monday. “I’m still waiting on Cascade to get back with me on a rescheduling date.
“The Madison (Ala.) tourney was in fact canceled due to the weather. We are now up to six games — two conference and four tournament — being cancelled due to weather, and we are still yet to play a regular season game.”
The high school softball team did manage to get a scrimmage in with Franklin County over the weekend, but the team’s regular-season opener against Cascade on Monday was nixed due to the weather.
Meanwhile, MCHS head baseball coach Josh Deal, whose team had a couple scrimmages cancelled last week, said his squad has only been on the field four times. The Raiders’ season-opener at Webb School on Monday was postponed as well. He said his team has spent its time in the hitting facility.
The middle school baseball team hasn’t fared any better. Games against Westwood scheduled for last week were scrapped, while Tuesday’s game at Huntland was postponed and Wednesday’s game against the Hornets didn’t look promising as the forecast on <weather.com> called for a 90 percent chance of rain on Wednesday, a 100 percent chance on Thursday and a 90 percent chance again on Friday.