Cold, Wet Spring

By: Gary Smollen Email
By: Gary Smollen Email

Cold and rainy for what seems like an eternity, this spring, has been a disappointment for many and put much of our outdoor fun on hold.

Settling in for one of her daughter's softball games Janessa Coffey has come prepared. As soon as she has the blankets in place she can sit back give daughter Carigan tips on catching.

Janessa Coffey says, "She plays double headers on Mondays and then this is her in-house league."

But this season Carigan or Billie to her friends hasn't seen much action.

No one has. Baseball and softball fields across the Metro are just as wet as the fields at keystone.

Janessa Coffey says, "They can't even practice it has been so bad. They don't have practices they've been rained out last night. Almost every game has been rained out."

The rain is welcome in Don Adams' gardens and he can plant around the cold.

Don already has peas and beans here and corn in another garden.

Don says when the ground is ready he plants he doesn't follow the theory that seeds should be planted on a certain date.

Don Adams says, "That's old wives tale. It depends on ground temperature that is you key right there if you've got one of those thermometers you push it into the ground it will tell you what the ground temperature is."

A soil temperature of 50-degrees signals the start of Don's garden.

Back at the ball field Janessa hopes the spring turns around so her daughter's teams can play the remainder of their games.

Janessa Coffey says, "Two years ago they didn't I think we ended up losing five games out of the season, five or six. Sometimes they try to make them up by having double headers but sometimes you can't and it is way too expensive to be losing games."

By one estimate there have been more than 500 little league baseball and softball games rained out already this spring.

The individual associations will work to get as many of those games in over the remaining weeks of the schedule.


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