Honestly, I don't think I can recall having a spring season like the one we've had.
We get a few nice days here and there and then it's rain, rain and more rain. Did I forget to mention there also seems to be as many cold and cool days as those which are fairly warm and sunny?
It's definitely weird when one day you love having the windows open to get some nice fresh air and then the next you almost have to turn the heat on because it's cold.
As much as many of us would like the warm spring weather to get here and stay, it doesn't appear that's going to happen anytime soon.
For most of our area baseball and softball teams, this inclement spring has caused a variety of problems.
Perhaps one of the best examples of how spring has wrecked havoc on a local program is the Calhoun County baseball team.
While the Red Devils of skipper Rex Yoak indeed have nearly a dozen games under their belt, which is more than some other squads in our area can say, all this rain has been a big problem for the gang at Mt. Zion.
A year ago the Red Devils tasted victory just once on the baseball diamond in the regular season before picking up a pair of wins in the postseason and nearly claiming a sectional championship.
On Monday, Calhoun County snapped a streak of 10 consecutive losses to start the baseball season and finally got into the win column via a 5-4 victory against visiting Clay County in 11 innings.
Although the Red Devils had just seven home games scheduled this spring, coach Yoak said his squad only will get to play three of them.
Unfortunately, the third and final contest was Monday's win, which actually wound up being senior night.
"I doubt if we'll get another one in this week," Yoak said of playing ball.
Of course, the hand dealt to our spring sports teams by Mother Nature has been a problem for most of them, especially Calhoun County.
"If we could play a game in the gymnasium we'd be in the running for a state championship," Yoak quipped about how much time his team has spent indoors this spring.
"The boys just don't know what it's like to take a grounder off of dirt. We've played more games than we've practiced outside, way more."
After starter Ray Davis hurled 6 1/3 innings for the Red Devils, Bronson Clark entered and pitched the final 4 2/3 innings to earn the relief win for Calhoun County.
Justin Yoak, who drew a base on balls in each of his five trips to the dish against the Panthers, scored the decisive run when Cody Starcher laced the game-winning RBI single to right.
"This gives them a shot in the arm," coach Yoak said of the triumph. "They were needing it.
"Bronson Clark has been a big surprise this year. I don't even know if we pitched him last year, but he's pitching well."
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