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Unless you are just waking up from winter hibernation, you know that Mother Nature has not been to kind to Wisconsin lately.
Scattered patches of pale grey wet mess can still be seen all around campus. As students, we complain about the April snow storms, but the true victim of this weather has been the softball and baseball teams.
“It’s thrown everybody a big curve,” said Pointers baseball head coach Pat Bloom.
“It’s a nightmare at this point,” said softball head coach Jill Millis.
Neither team has been able to hold a full outdoor practice this year. Both teams have been able to play games, but neither team has had an easy time doing so.
“It’s been frustrating for everyone whether you’re involved in a spring sport or you just want to get your garden planted,” Bloom said.
“Obviously it’s frustrating, but there’s not much you can do,” said softball senior pitcher Michelle Jones.
Millis, Bloom and Jones are all frustrated with the weather, but all of them understand that the issue is out of their hands.
“You have to control the controllable,” Millis said. “I can’t control the weather, so I have to do the best with what we have and give the players the best experience I can with the circumstances.”
Last year, the teams were both able to get outside to practice before their trips to Florida over spring break. This year they are still stuck in the Multi Activity Center in the Health Enhancement Center.
The Multi Activity Center is a great venue to practice inside, but there are simply some things that the teams can’t do indoors.
“There is only so much we can do inside,” Jones said. “Sometimes we get outside, and there are certain situations that you can only verbal talk about in practice, not experience.”
“We can’t hit high fly balls to practice communication with the outfielders, and that has been a big problem for us this season, mainly because we can’t practice it,” Millis said.
The baseball team has tried to do some work on their field, such as chipping ice from their warning track, moving snow out of areas in play and raking the field, but the constant moisture has made it impossible to get the field ready.
“There is only so much that you can do,” Bloom said. “We’re running out of time, and we need Mother Nature to cooperate here.”
The main priority of both coaches is to get all of their conference gamesin, although neither is certain they will even be able to do that.
“I don’t think anything is for sure at this point,” Bloom said. “Our goal and our priority is to get all 24 conference games in, even if it means cutting some non-conference games out of the books.”
Millis explained that while they’ve been able to play eight conference games some have only been able to play one so far. “I have no idea what we are going to do,” Millis said.
Jones said that the key was to keep a positive attitude and make the necessary adjustments to go forward with the season.
“Everybody has to play through these same conditions, so we have to make the most of what we have,” Jones said.