Inclement weather has condensed the high school baseball and softball schedules for many schools this spring.
But few teams face a more grueling slate than the Wisdom of Saint Agatha baseball team.
The Pioneers’ 9-7 victory over Fort Fairfield on Monday marked the first of the team’s nine games scheduled in the next 12 days, a run of games brought on by the team having three games postponed due to weather issues and a fourth pushed back due to a scholastic conflict.
“It’s been very unusual this year,” said Wisdom athletic administrator and baseball coach Kevin Lavoie. “In other years we’ve been able to start on time, but this year because of the way the weather has been we lost a week and a half to two weeks.”
In fact, Wisdom did not have its first home game until last Thursday, May 12, when the Pioneers defeated Class C Madawaska 7-5, the result of late-melting snow and wet conditions.
“Our field is in good shape now except for the rain we keep getting,” said Lavoie.
According to the Maine Principals’ Association website, Wisdom was idle Tuesday but scheduled to play at Fort Kent on Wednesday before hosting Greater Houlton Christian Academy on Thursday and Ashland on Friday.
The Pioneers then have a return match at Greater Houlton Christian Academy on Saturday before the rugged stretch continues next week with a game at Limestone-Maine School of Science and Mathematics on Monday, followed by games at Van Buren on Tuesday and at Madawaska on Thursday before the team hosts Washburn on Friday.
And it could have been worse. Wisdom’s game at defending Eastern Maine Class D champion Central Aroostook of Mars Hill, originally scheduled for Saturday, has been pushed back to May 30.
“The big challenge will be with our pitching rotation,” said Lavoie.
Wisdom is off to a 5-0 start this spring, with its win over Fort Fairfield moving the Pioneers from eighth place to fifth in the Heal point ratings.
The team is led by seniors Kody Chamberland and Curtis Picard, who share the pitching and shortstop duties.