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Cold Weather Impacts, But Doesn’t End Spring Sports

Reece Dunker

Across the U.S., spring sports are in full action but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are thriving. In Lawrence alone, we’ve seen temperatures as high as 80 degrees before falling to 20 degrees at night. 

While the schedule changes haven’t been ideal, Lawrence High Assistant Coach Joseph Wallace, isn’t worried at this time. He does recognize there might need to be potential changes in future seasons. 

“Right now, we’re far enough out where we still feel like we’re not at risk of needing to change some things, but maybe we need to plan – hey if this doesn’t change – we know we’re not going to have fields thee first two weeks of April. What’s our plan,” Wallace said?

Colleges such as Kansas can send their baseball and softball programs south.

These local high schools aren’t as lucky though. Often times, thy have to practice and play in these less-than-ideal conditions. 

Playing in the spring requires complete transparency. Something Topeka West Assistant, Logan Roos, is well aware of. 

“Going into the spring you have to be flexible. You have to have flexibility and also kind of looking at keeping some open dates on the back end of your schedules,” Loos said. 

Kids enjoy the sport, the warmer it is. No one wants to be hit by a pitch, especially in 30-degree weather. 

Baseballs fly a lot farther in the warm air compared to the cool air, something hitters love and pitcher’s envy. 

Moving these sports later into the year or even into the summer is always an option, but with Midwest weather, you never know if it will get any better.