Winter Storm Remus brought snow and more icy precipitation across Northeastern Louisiana on Wednesday and high school baseball and softball teams across the region are feeling the effects as much as anyone these days.
The official start to the season was this past Monday, but teams have been seen the season off to a rough start with games being postponed and many teams not able to get practice time in due to the inclement weather conditions.
“We have not been out on the field at all since this past Friday,” West Ouachita coach Mitch Thomas said. “We got some work in on our turf football field on Friday. But the roads out here are pretty bad right now so we don’t go to the field.”
Thomas will take his team down to New Orleans on Thursday to play in the WGNO Classic. Ruston will also be in the tournament along with New Orleans powerhouse teams such as Class 5A No. 2 Jesuit and 5A No. 5 Brother Martin as well as Class 4A No. 1 St. Thomas More from Lafaytte.
“The biggest thing you worry about is throwing,” Thomas said. “We go a week without our pitchers throwing so it limits the number of pitches a guy can throw down there.”
The Chiefs, ranked No. 5 in Class 4A in the first polls of the season, will open the season Thursday at 7 p.m. against Jesuit. Jesuit beat Grace King 30-0 to begin the season.
West Ouachita will play two more games in the tournament following Thursday.
Other teams are making the best of the situation and not feeling unprepared at all.
At Ouachita Parish High School, Lions baseball had their game against Sterlington rained postponed on Monday. Yet, the team has been able to put some work in.
“As a coach you kind of look at it as a blessing,” Ouachita coach Josh Morrison said. “We have reworked the nets in our hitting cages to be able to practice and we do a lot of work in the school gym. We always stress that we don’t have to be on the field to get better.”
Ouachita sets up stations in the gym at the school and practices all the fundamentals of the game.
“We can work with pitchers in the bullpen and with our nets we can get a lot of glove work done,” Morrison explained. “We can still have a good practice.”
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2015 LBCA Pre-Season Top 10 Polls
4. Catholic, BR
5. Brother Martin
6. Denham Springs
7. Sam Houston
8. Live Oak
9. St. Amant
Others Receiving votes: West Monroe, Shaw, Dutchtown, Airline, Destrehan, C. E. Byrd, Hahnville, Rummel, St. Paul, Ruston, Lafayette, Comeaux, and Ouachita
1. St. Thomas More
2. Teurlings Catholic
4. St. Michael
5. West Ouachita
6. Vandebilt Catholic
Others Receiving votes: DeRidder, Lutcher, Plaquemine, Edna Karr, Franklinton, Lakeshore, Belle Chasse, and Breaux Bridge
2. John Curtis
4. Parkview Baptist
6. North Vermilion
7. St. Charles Catholic
8. South Beauregard
10. Notre Dame
Others Receiving votes: St. Louis, Albany, Iowa, Livonia, and E. D. White
3. Catholic, New Iberia
4. Oak Grove
5. Opelousas Catholic
7. Northlake Christian
Others Receiving votes: Episcopal, St. Thomas Aquinas, and Loreauville
1. Ouachita Christian
2. Cedar Creek
3. Sacred Heart
4. Central Catholic
5. St. Mary
7. St. John
8. Vermilion Catholic
9. Ascension Catholic
10. Catholic, Pointe Coupee
Others Receiving votes: Covenant Christian, Hanson Memorial, St. Frederick, Ascension Episcopal, and Houma Christian
6. Grace Christian
10. Converse and Florien
Others Receiving votes: Hicks, Avoyelles Charter, Holden, Zwolle, and Weston
1. Claiborne Christian
2. Northside Christian
6. Family Christian
Others Receiving votes: Hackberry, St. Joseph’s, and Kilbourne