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Weather Winning the Game Against High School Sports

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Weather Winning the Game Against High School Sports
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CANTON, N.Y. -- High school sports teams are losing the battle against this year's spring. Rainy weather has made many fields unplayable and forced schools to postpone or cancel games. But one baseball team is staying sharp until they can take the field.

There's still the hitting, the catching, and the fielding.

But baseball practice at Canton Central looks a little different.

"It's baseball in the North Country," baseball coach Matt Caufield said. "I've always said it makes more sense to have this a fall season, but you can do what you can do with what you have to do it with."

Wet conditions have pushed many teams indoors, and when you can't practice outside, it's next to impossible to play games.

"Hopefully Mother Nature cooperates here soon," Canton Central Athletic Director
Bill Porter said. "It would relieve a lot of frustration. Our kids, our student athletes are beside themselves."

A soggy, wet field like doesn't just cause problems now, but it also causes major headaches later on. Teams are now getting ready to play doubleheaders, switch home and away games, and possibly play on Sundays. They now must fit in a whole season by May 23.

"It's going to be a lot of games," Caufield said. "I think we have 12 games to get in the next 19 days, so it's going to be a challenge."

A challenge to play, and equally challenging to schedule.

"This year has been very frustrating for all of our local ADs," Porter said. "Fortunately, they're fantastic to work with. People have been very supportive despite the weather."

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