Another nice mess we’re in

“Well, here’s another nice mess you’ve gotten me into.” As Ollie would admonish Stan in those Laurel and Hardy movies, spring sports teams can say it about the weather this spring.
The rain has high school softball and baseball teams scrambling to get in a backlog of postponed games. Track meets have been moved or just washed out for the season because of the very wet spring. Golf teams have had to play their way on soggy, soggy fairways and greens if at all.
Some high school softball and baseball teams haven’t even reached double-digit game totals as of yet. Teams in Kansas have a 20-game season.
Allen County Community College’s softball team had several games wiped out by the wet conditions. But it did get its home playoff series, which it won, in last Friday.
Allen County’s baseball team bailed out its field Monday and Tuesday so it could play its final regular season doubleheader. The sun came out Tuesday afternoon and the Red Devils beat Neosho County wrapping up third place in the Jayhawk East and a home playoff series.
Then came more rain. The series was to have started Saturday but as things stand, particularly the water, right now the series with Seward County isn’t going to start until Sunday.
Iola High’s softball team has just six games played out of 16 scheduled contests. That includes today’s non-league games at Neodesha, which are now canceled. There are makeup games slated for Saturday at Iola’s Riverside Park for both the Fillies and the IHS baseball team with Pittsburg but rain came last night and this morning.
When and if teams will be able to get all the makeups and the rest of the spring sports season in is really up in the air. Rain is in the forecast most of next week also.
But on the upside, Kansas hasn’t yet had to be like Texas and Alabama. Texas officials postponed all public high school athletic and academic competitions this week until May 11 because of the swine flu outbreak. Alabama postponed all athletic events, including the state track and field championships this weekend and other postseason competitions.
It could be worse.
So the best I can do is “rain, rain go away. Come back some other day.”