Reed baseball was scheduled to open up its High Desert League series with league-leading Reno at home Thursday, but now the Raiders have to focus on getting their field ready, rather than trying to hand the Huskies their first league loss of the season.
The series opener is tentatively pushed back to today, but it depends on if Reed can dry out its field enough to use it.
“It’s really bad. We’ll be out there all afternoon and all night getting the field ready for tomorrow,” Reed baseball coach Nick Royle said Thursday. “Hopefully it doesn’t rain anymore.”
If the field is not ready, Saturday’s doubleheader at Reno will go on as planned, but the single game at the east Sparks school will be postponed until next week. Royle has already said he will try to have it played on Monday versus Tuesday in order to limit the affect it will have on Reno and Reed’s next series.
However, playing next week is certainly not the ideal situation for Reed. The Raiders have cross-town rival Spanish Springs next week in a league series that could help decide the Blue and Gold’s playoff fate.
Postponing the Reno game until next week would likely affect Reed’s pitching rotation, and put it at a disadvantage against the Cougars.
“It would hurt, especially if things go our way and we get a little help and go on a playoff run,” Royle said of playing next week.
Spanish Springs’ game was also canceled Thursday, but the Cougs were just going down to Carson for the start of a three-game non-league series. Spanish Springs will make that trip today, but since it’s a non-league series, it does not need to fret about the pitching rotation for next week.
The only other local team scheduled to play Thursday was Reed softball and will hopefully know this morning whether or not it can play its game at Shadow Mountain Park today or if it will postpone it until early next week.
Unlike baseball, softball teams don’t utilize strict pitching rotations since pitchers can throw multiple times during the week and even in the same day. That takes away a lot of the stress for the coaching staff.
“In baseball it really affects you with the innings. Playing four league games in a week is a little bit different than for us,” Reed softball coach Ray Charles said. “I don’t know if it will affect us. It will just give us another game before we open up with Spanish Springs. Right now as it stands, we’re going to play tomorrow weather permitting, and then we’ll be right back on schedule.”