Weather wipes out Tuesday's game schedule

March 20, 2012 at 11 p.m.
Updated March 20, 2012 at 10:21 p.m.

It takes days and weeks for athletic directors and coaches to put together a regular season schedule, but it doesn't take long for the weather to mess up those plans.

Weather wreaked havoc with area teams' schedules during the morning, forcing coaches to reschedule Tuesday's baseball and softball games.

"There's a lot of things about baseball that are routine, but, on the other hand, Mother Nature has her way," said St. Joseph coach Mike Shimek. "You've just got to do your best with the situation that presents itself."

Victoria East was scheduled to play St. Joseph at Riverside Stadium on Tuesday, that game has been moved to Thursday.

Cuero was scheduled to play at Yoakum, but that game has also been rescheduled for Thursday.

Faith Academy had to push back its game at San Antonio Lutheran to Thursday.

East, St. Joseph, Cuero and Faith Academy are in a position where they each have to play consecutive games during district play.

The Titans and Flyers have to play each other in a non-district finale, then open district play.

The Titans open District 30-4A play at Gregory-Portland on Friday while the Flyers host Brownsville St. Joseph in its TAPPS District 4-5A opener.

East and St. Joseph haven't had luck getting games in lately. Last weekend, the final two days of the Victoria ISD Baseball Tournament were cancelled due to rain.

Shimek said the game against East was less likely to be rescheduled if they played Brownsville St. Joseph on the road on Friday.

"Being at home worked to our advantage," Shimek said.

Both Faith Academy and Cuero too will have to play consecutive district games.

"It's important to get the district games in when we can and sometimes it forces us to play three games in a week, but a lot of teams in our district are in the same boat," said Faith Academy baseball coach Jason Driver.

Although players are used to playing on consecutive games because of tournaments, doing so in district play is less than ideal.

It also changes the way coaches manage the game. Shimek said he'll save pitchers for Friday's district game and Driver has to shuffle around his pitching rotation since the Cougars are going to play three district games in a week.

"That can put a stunt on the pitching rotation and limit us a little bit on what we can and can't do in practices," Driver said.

Added Shimek: "We'll treat it as a good workout before we open district on Friday."

The Flyers are 5-8 on the season while the Cougars are 4-3, including a 4-1 district record.

Cuero baseball coach Scott Holder said the Gobbler pitching rotation isn't effected as much since after Friday, Cuero's next District 28-3A game isn't until Mar. 29.

Holder's biggest concern is the fatigue and possibility for injury that comes with consecutive games.

"If you have an injury and the player isn't getting his rest, you're probably going to lost that player for the next game," Holder said.

Driver is confident the Cougars can handle district games in San Antonio then Victoria since Faith Academy is 4-0 in district road games.

"It's unfortunate, but at the same time I believe in my guys and what we can do on the road," Driver said.

On the softball front, Victoria West and East softball had to reschedule their district games at Floresville and against Beeville to Wednesday.

The University of Houston-Victoria's softball doubleheader against Texas A&M Kingsville was also postponed on Tuesday.



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