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Adjusting to the Elements: Snow takes its toll on spring sports

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The bleachers are covered in snow at the QHS baseball diamond. The bleachers are covered in snow at the QHS baseball diamond.
It could take up to a week before the QHS softball field is near realistic playing conditions. It could take up to a week before the QHS softball field is near realistic playing conditions.

QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) --  Mother nature has put the early spring sports calendar into a tailspin and nobody has been left out.

From canceled games, to indoor practice, and the headache of rescheduling, everyone is in the same boat.

"We're hoping for a quick melt, but the struggle there with softball and baseball is certainly trying to get the field back into playing condition," QHS athletic director Bill Sanders told WGEM Sports.

"We're doing everything we can," added QND softball coach Eric Orne.

"We've got the field tarped, and hopefully we can get some sunshine if the weatherman can agree with us for the first time here in March. We're just trying to do everything we can."

Not even Quincy University, who plays all over the Midwest, is left with much promise on the immediate schedule ahead.

"We got another eight inches on Monday, but the kids have kind of persevered and when we've been indoors and we've had really good practices," QU baseball coach Josh Rabe indicated.

"We can't control it, so it's just one of those things we play by ear."

As the ground begins to dry in the days ahead the next challenge will be moving forward and piecing schedules back together.

"The hard part too is some of those games now, like the Springfield's and those schools that  you want to play, they may get bumped later on to get a conference game in," Sanders expressed.

"There's a lot of games that we've missed and to be honest with you, until we get some field conditions that are changing we're not doing a lot of rescheduling at this point." added QND athletic director Bill Connell.

"If we're going to reschedule I want to feel confident that there's at least a 50/50 chance that you're going to get to play."

The process doesn't of patching things together doesn't stop there.

"I think the hardest part of rescheduling is just trying to get umpires," Orne said.

"That's actually a key component just to make the umpires schedule fit yours."
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