Well, the good news about this spring for high school baseball teams across Missouri is the crummy weather at least is not catching teams by surprise for state baseball this week.
In fact, teams have been dealing with unfriendly baseball forecasts for a couple months now.
That’s why Catholic coach Jason Daugherty did not seem too fazed about this week’s state baseball schedule being shifted back one day from its original start Monday afternoon in O’Fallon.
“Everybody is so used to it by now this spring that I don’t think it’s going to affect us at all,” the coach said about the Irish having their Wednesday semifinal moved to Thursday. “It might affect me personally, but I think we’re pretty well adapted to it by now.”
The schedule means Hartville will play its Class 2 semifinal game at 4 p.m. today.
The other area teams at state — Catholic in Class 3, Rogersville in Class 4, and Willard in Class 5 — also will play 4 p.m. starts in the successive three days. With wins, teams will play the following day at 1 p.m.
Catholic was all set to leave Springfield on Tuesday afternoon after a 90-minute workout at the school. However, briefly before practice, word came from O’Fallon that the game would not be played until Thursday.
So, the Irish spent another night in the comfort of southwest Missouri.
Hartville plays Holcomb, Catholic is playing New Madrid County Central, Rogersville is playing two-time defending state champion Westminster Christian and Willard is playing Christian Brothers College.
One area team did finally get its game in on Tuesday night, as Dadeville fell 11-4 in the Class 1 semifinals against Santa Fe.
The Bearcats (18-8) will play in a 10 a.m. third-place game against Sturgeon today.
Dadeville managed just five hits in the loss, and were led by Austin Neely, who had two hits.
Santa Fe will play Oran in the 1 p.m. Class 1 final today. Oran beat Sturgeon in the state baseball opener, 5-1. Santa Fe (13-3) scored two runs in the second inning, and later busted open a 6-4 game with four runs in the bottom of the fifth.
Zane Medley suffered the loss for Dadeville, dropping his record to 6-3. Neely, Nick Yocom and Matthew Sappington drove in the runs for the Bearcats, who qualified for state for the first time.
Andrew Curry had three hits and four RBIs to lead Santa Fe. All of his hits were doubles, the only extra-base hits of the game.
The Missouri State High School Activities Association is streaming the games live on its website, www.mshsaa.org.
Weather permitting, of course.