CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Area baseball coaches can only shake their heads in dismay this week as the few first days flip off the calendar. The irony has not eluded them.
After wading through the first week of the postseason, in which virtually every day was a rain day, the weather forecast for today to Wednesday looks mighty good - sunny skies and temperatures in the 60s and 70s.
Only they can't play games until Thursday because of the state-imposed moratorium on athletic events due to the implementation of the Westest standardized testing system.
Forget the fact that Kanawha County schools took the Westest last week - and for the most part, still played games during the process. They can only practice the first three days and many of them can't wrap up sectionals that hang in the balance even as regionals loom.
"It's just crazy the way they do this for baseball,'' said George Washington coach Chad Campbell, whose team still has some unfinished business with South Charleston in Class AAA Region 3 Section 3.
"It's not a game where you play once a week. You've got to get consistency - hitting more than anything. You see live pitching one day, then sit for five days. We'll try some simulation stuff this week and let our pitchers throw a little bit. You've got to remind them every day what they're playing for and what's at stake and try to keep ready.''
Six area teams were able to complete their sectionals by Saturday and earn berths in the regionals, which begin on May 20 for Class AAA and half of Class A and May 21 in AA and the other half of Class A (see schedules, Page 2B).
Those teams are Riverside, Winfield and Hurricane (AAA), Sissonville (AA) and Charleston Catholic and Valley (A).
Several other sectionals are left incomplete as week two of the postseason (and nice weather) begins: