That means teams have been locked inside their gymnasiums or other workout facilities, hoping to catch a glimpse of sunshine or practice on fields that aren't already waterlogged.
Herbert Hoover coach Brian Young thinks having a veteran team - he lost just three senior starters from last year's Class AA state runner-up squad - smooths out the long wait for games.
"It's tough not getting outside and getting any work, but I think we're OK with that,'' Young said.
"Of course, one of things [we're focused on] is hitting good pitches, and that's going to come with live at-bats. We want to quit swinging at balls out of the strike zone and up over our numbers. Bring the ball down in the strike zone and hit pitches we know we are supposed to hit instead of the ones we want to hit, and I think that'll give us a lot better at-bats.''
Corey Bird, a senior outfielder and returning first-team all-stater, thinks the Huskies have the ingredients for another big season after winning 27 games last year.
"Our team is more of an all-around better team,'' Bird said. "In past years, we've been more of an offensive team, but this year we can play good defense as well. We really need to bear down and not make errors and be consistent and be smart at the plate.''
Bison their time
For much of the past decade, Buffalo has been included among the top teams in Class A and a regular contender to make it to the state tournament.
This year, however, the Bison start over in many ways after losing the team's top two pitchers, the regular catchers and many other experienced players among a nine-man senior class in 2012.
That was evident during a 10-0 five-inning loss to Charleston Catholic when Buffalo committed four errors, walked four batters, hit two and failed to make some routine plays.
"What do you do?'' said veteran coach Jimmy Tribble. "You don't beat on them. I'm not going to beat them up. You just play baseball games and get better, and not lose sight of the goal. The goal is to try and improve by playing the games.
"Practice only does so much because you don't simulate game speed in practice. You have to be put in those situations over and over and over to get it. Men at first and second in bunt situations - you've got to be put in that situation over and over to know how to deal with it.
"We'll have fun with them,'' Tribble said. "As long as they don't get down on me and get disgusted and discouraged. We've still got 20-some games to play.''
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.