Weather forces MRC to scrap original schedules, make completely new ones

Members of the Watertown-Mayer softball team roll giant snowballs off the field last week in an effort to reduce the amount of time before the remaining snow melts.

Members of the Watertown-Mayer softball team roll giant snowballs off the field last week in an effort to reduce the amount of time before the remaining snow melts.

Members of the Watertown-Mayer softball team shovel off the infield last week in an effort to reduce the amount of time before the remaining snow melts.

Members of the Watertown-Mayer softball team shovel off the infield last week in an effort to reduce the amount of time before the remaining snow melts.

Weather has been so bad this spring that most high school sports teams have had more games postponed than they’ve had outdoor practices.

As postponements began to mount and available makeup dates grew thinner, the Minnesota River Conference athletic directors met Monday and decided to completely scrap the remainder of their baseball and softball schedules and create completely new ones. Each baseball and softball team will play seven doubleheaders in order to play a full 14-game conference schedule, and the conference games aren’t set to begin until April 25.

Although the national federation gave the Minnesota State High School League its blessing to allow five inning regulation games in an effort to squeeze in more doubleheaders, the MRC will try to play regulation games as part its varsity doubleheaders. Sub-varsity conference games, however, will become five-inning games.

Because of the large number of teams typically invited to each golf and track meet, and the fact that those conference crowns are based solely on one championship meet at the end of the season, tournaments already cancelled will not be made up.

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