By RANDY GREGORY
The Rockford baseball team is probably one of the more fortunate teams in West Michigan when it comes to having played a few games. Three weekends ago the Rams ventured down to Indiana and managed to get in a quartet of games. Since their return home, the team has had every date on the docket cancelled by inclement weather. Almost every team in the area has been faced with similar circumstances, but without having had the chance to at least get some competition in.
Rockford varsity head coach Ian Hearn was previously the coach at Traverse City Central High School and said that even that far north he has never seen anything like this year up to this point.
“You would think that we may have experienced something similar in Traverse City, but we never had anything that lasted for this duration day after day,” said Hearn. “I was pleased with the chance to get some games in early this year, like we have always done, and looked forward to having a couple weeks’ worth of non-conference games to prepare us for OK Red play. But we have hardly even had a chance to get the kids outdoors let alone play some games.”
Most days since the trip to Indiana have featured an assortment of foul weather that has made even the thought of playing a game a useless gesture. Other days have seen fields having been rendered unplayable, opponents cancelling for one reason or another or games starting but then being halted as Mother Nature offered just a hint of a possible break in the weather before cruelly dashing that hope.
“We have offered to have teams come to our place when they said their facility was unplayable,” said Hearn. “We have had e-mails cancelling the day of the game and even gotten started once or twice. But invariably it has always been the same outcome where nothing comes to fruition in the hopes of finishing a game. We will try to get as many of the games we missed out on rescheduled and we will start with local teams. We have some weeks with six or seven games scheduled for the rest of the season and some weeks with only three games scheduled. The weeks with three games are the weeks where we will try to get some make up dates.”
Rockford will have seven games on the slate this week as they look to recoup some of their lost contests. Rockford will host Newaygo on Monday, April 22nd and entertain East Kentwood on Tuesday, April 23rd in a pair of double-headers (too late for press) in an effort to kick start the 2013 baseball season. They will close out the week with a trip to east Kentwood for a single game on Thursday, April 25th before squaring off with perennial power Midland at RHS on Saturday, April 27th.