“Rain, rain go away … come again some other day," is the mantra of area baseball coaches and activities directors, who hope that a three-game district slate on Saturday will help area teams finally find out who will remain playing and who will go home.
“Rain, rain go away … come again some other day.”
Yes, that’s the opening line of an ancient nursery rhyme.
It’s also the mantra of area baseball coaches and activities directors, who hope that a three-game district slate on Saturday will help area teams finally find out who will remain playing and who will go home.
“We were ready to play (Friday) until we got all the rain Thursday night,” Blue Springs activities director Tom Round said. “We’re hoping for a lot of sun (Friday) and Saturday so we can get the games in this weekend.”
The Class 4 District 14 schedule at Blue Springs High School looks like this:
Rockhurst will play Raytown at 10 a.m. Blue Springs and Blue Springs South will follow at 12:30 p.m., and the championship game will be approximately a half hour after that game, around 3 p.m.
“I know Tom and Marc (Hines, Wildcats baseball head coach) are doing everything they can to get that field ready,” Blue Springs South baseball coach Ben Baier said Friday. “You know, we talked to the kids this week about worrying about what they can control. Can they control the weather and when we play?
“No. But they can control how hard they work this week to get ready for Saturday. And as a coaching staff, we’re doing everything we can to get them ready and to keep them focused.
“We had a nice workout this week at SportsCity and we plan on going out today and throwing the ball around.”
Fort Osage activities director Brandon Hart is facing a similar situation with the Class 4 District 15 Tournament on the Indians’ home field.
“As we speak, we have hoses out on the field pumping off the water,” Hart said. “We wanted to play so badly today (Friday). You look outside and see the sun, but that rain last night just did us in.”
Fort Osage also will be the site of three games Saturday with Truman playing Winnetonka at noon, followed by Fort Osage and North Kansas City at 2 p.m.
“The championship game will be around 4 p.m.,” Hart said, “It just depends on how long the first two games take.”
Like South’s Baier, Fort Osage coach Chris Walker just wants to get his team out on the field.
“Focus – that’s all we’ve talked about this week,” Walker said, “and I know our guys are focused. We’ve come in second the last couple of years at district and the guys want to win this one.
“A lot of people have asked about the possibility of playing two games in one day, and that’s really no different than playing back-to-back games. You hope your guy in the first game can go deep so you have plenty of pitching left for the second game.
“But you have to win that first one before you even start talking about a second game.”
Truman coach John Eglich is just happy to finally get to play.
“We had five games scheduled last week and got in two, so we’ve played two games the last two weeks,” Eglich said. “Baseball is a game that is meant to played on a regular basis – and two games is two weeks is tough. But I took my son to Fort Osage last night to practice in their gym, and it was raining so hard I didn’t think we’d play today.
“But now, it’s all up to the kids. We’ve been practicing and I think they’re focused, and it looks like tomorrow (Saturday) is a go. So once they get out on the field, the coaches have done all we can do to get them ready. And I think they’re ready and I know they’re eager to play.”