Here’s a breaking news flash: the weather sucks.
It will eventually improve around here, I think, but that probably isn’t of any solace to some of the spring athletes around NDSU. I’m starting to wonder if there will be a home season at all for baseball and softball, especially baseball because of the wider area of the field and the knowledge of not beating up the field too bad with the RedHawks’ season right around the corner.
The kids you have to feel for are the seniors, guys like pitcher John Straka who is putting the finishing cap on one of the greatest careers ever at NDSU. We may not be able to see him this season. Or take reliever Kyle Kingsley, a Fargo South kid who may have a hard time seeing the field in his hometown.
The players are handling it well, said head coach Tod Brown. It’s a big reason why he recruits the Upper Midwest for his players, because they’ve been through it most of their lives and are able to get through it. Plus, it’s been bad in a lot of places, not just Fargo. If such records were kept, this must be a record year for postponements or cancellations across the country.
“They know the mental part of traveling, snow and temperatures and being able to make adjustments,” Brown said.
But it does take a toll, mostly on the offensive end of not being able to see live pitching outside. “Offensively, some of those things have showed up,” Brown said. “We’re getting plenty of swings in the cages, the pitchers are throwing off mounds and the pitchers are throwing strikes. The defense has held up. But offensively, we’re not as good as we could have been if we had more live reps.”