The cold temperatures have kept many of our local baseball teams off the diamond in March. Alderson-Broaddus head baseball coach Luke Harrigan said his team has suffered from the rough Spring.
"It's one of those Springs," Harrigan laughed. "We were fortunate last year where we had good weather. We were playing early and we were out on our field early. This year, January we were out here on the turf field. And then February hit."
Last year's mild Spring allowed the Battlers to fit almost every game in on time. It also turned out to be a great year, as A-B reached the WVIAC Tournament Championship game in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, but ultimately fell at the hands of the Shepherd Rams. Harrigan said he's seen a difference in his team's confidence so far this season.
"The program, the direction, everything that's going with the players, their work ethic. Everything is a standard now where we expect to be in every game. We expect to get back to the conference tournament, and expect to be right there in the championship game," Harrigan said.
The Battlers hold an overall record of 5-7. But the record is not the biggest problem A-B is dealing with. It's the amount of games they have not played. As games begin to pile up, that equates to a loaded schedule in the month of April, which can really hurt a team.
"So far right now we've had 12 games that have been canceled," Harrigan said. "All of those have been rescheduled, so we're going to play them. We're going to get our 50 games in. Whenever you're trying to play 50 games and you go from a two and a half month span to a month and a half, it's a wear and tear on arms. That's why our practices, as a coach I try to limit how long we're out."