The rain was heavy enough Tuesday morning that nearly every baseball and softball game in Pinellas County did not even start. Most games were postponed until today, giving teams another day off in a season that already has had a few of them.
Northeast baseball coach Rob Stanifer did not have to wait long to find out the status of Tuesday's home game against Pinellas Park. As the rain kept falling and the skies switched through endless shades of gray, Stanifer said school administrators made the decision to postpone the game by 7:30 a.m.
"The outfield still had some standing water in it," Stanifer said. "It should be cleared up (for today)."
The rain saturated a Tuesday schedule full of key district contests, claiming a baseball game at St. Petersburg and a softball game at Northeast, among others.
This isn't the first time the weather has thrown this season's games into scheduling chaos.
On Feb. 24, Dunedin was supposed to host Sarasota in a matchup of teams that have won state baseball titles the past five years. Proceeds from the game were going to be donated to the Suncoast Hospice Foundation.
But an intermittent drizzle escalated into a heavy rain that day, forcing the game to be postponed. A makeup date has not been decided.
More problematic than the rain is the cold weather that usually follows.
"That has been a little tough to deal with early in the season, but it's something we're adjusting to," Pinellas Park baseball coach Bill Ruttencutter said.
The biggest issue is trying to stay loose once the temperature drops.
"The hardest thing is when you have an inning that goes longer than expected," Stanifer said. "You just have to keep guys moving. But once you're on the field, it's not that hard to stay loose."
SPC's Parker out for season: St. Petersburg Catholic's lineup suffered a major blow when the Barons lost centerfielder Nikki Parker for the season with a torn ACL.
Parker, a junior, was injured in a preseason game. Last year she was named to the Times' All-Pinellas County second team after proving equally adept in the field and at the plate.
Coach Tom Fabian said there is a remote possibility she could be back by the end of the season.