AUGUSTA, Maine — High school athletic administrators and their sports teams had few gripes with Mother Nature for the bulk of the spring sports regular season, but frequent rain during the past week and predicted inclement weather this weekend have prompted some significant schedule changes.
The Maine Principals’ Association on Friday morning extended the regular season for high school baseball and softball teams by two days.
Originally all countable games had to be played by next Wednesday, May 29, but with schedules backing up due to recent postponements all countable games now must be completed by Friday, May 31, according to MPA executive director Dick Durost.
The extension of the regular season will have no effect on the postseason schedule for those sports, as preliminary-round games in baseball and softball are slated for Tuesday, June 4, as originally scheduled.
In addition, several major high school sporting events slated for this weekend have been affected by the recent run of bad weather, with some being moved to Monday, which is Memorial Day.
The Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference track and field championships scheduled for Saturday at Morse High School in Bath have been postponed until 9 a.m. Monday at the same location.
The Penobscot Valley Conference Small School track and field championships slated for Friday afternoon at Oakes Field on the campus of Foxcroft Academy in Dover-Foxcroft also have been postponed, and now will be held beginning at 11 a.m. Monday.
Saturday’s PVC Large School Championship, set for Brewer, has also been postponed to Monday. It will begin at 1 p.m. at the Brewer Community School track.
The small school championship is for Class C high school teams and the big school meet is for Class A and B schools.
And the state singles tennis tournament Rounds of 48 and 32 still will be played Saturday, but instead of being held outdoors at Lewiston High School they have been moved indoors to the Racket & Fitness Center at 2445 Congress St., Portland.