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Spring rescheduling dance goes on and on and on ...

This is the time of season when players and coaches should be preparing for their playoff pushes.

Instead, weather is still on everyone’s mind.

As far as baseball, fastpitch and tennis competitions go, Mother Nature has been the biggest winner during the spring of 2002. And the biggest puzzler, too, because while it might be raining in Silverdale, it’s often dry, at at least less threatening, in say, Bremerton or Poulsbo.

It’s been a tough spring to get a handle on for coaches, players and athletic directors. They’ve got to be ready for just about anything.

Earlier this week, Olympic High baseball coach Nate Andrews, who uses e-mails to keep players, parents and the media informed, sent out four e-mails in a 30-minute period concerning Monday’s scheduled games with Port Angeles. The varsity was supposed to play at PA and the JV at home.

The first message was basically: Home JV game is off, varsity game is on. The next messasge: JV game is going to be played at PA, too. Next message: Sorry, JV game is off, they can’t get umpires. The final message: Varsity game is off, too, because of the weather. Practice in the gym at 5 p.m. “Sorry about the confusion,” Andrews concluded.

Here’s another e-mail Andrews sent on Tuesday, April 16:

“We are trying to reschedule the Varsity Gig Harbor game for Friday. I will let you know as soon as that is in stone. We will try to reschedule the JV Gig Harbor game if we can find a date that works for both programs. Friday doesn't work because we are scheduled to play two JV games at PA. Varsity plays at PA tomorrow (Wed.) and JV is not scheduled to play a game.

“JV needs to be prepared to practice at 3pm (or 5pm depending) if the Varsity game is cancelled. Both teams are scheduled to travel to Centralia for games on Thursday. JV is scheduled to travel to PA for a double-header (beginning at 3:45 p.m.) We are hoping the Varsity game vs. Gig Harbor can be rescheduled for Friday. Practice will take place today at 3pm in the OHS gym.”

You get the idea. It’s a lot like the old Abbott and Costello routine: “Who’s on first?”

After a brief period of sunny weather during which most teams caught up with their schedules, teams found themselves behind again heading into the stretch run. Players have spent most of their time on soggy practice fields or in the gym.

“It’s been crazy,” Central Kitsap athletic director John Sitton said between phone calls on Wednesday, April 17. “As fast as we get them scheduled, we get them cancelled.”

On this particular day, Sitton had just cancelled and rescheduled home baseball and fastpitch games.

Sitton and his telephone have become good friends.

“Gosh, I’m on it most of the day,” said Sitton, who doubles as an assistant fastpitch coach. “Just keeping in touch with people. How’s the field now? Talking to coaches, where are we at now? Making contact before the buses go out.

“Actually, we’re in pretty good shape, except, of course, for our pitching staffs.”

Brrrrrrrinnnnggg!

“Hold on,” Sitton said. “My other phone’s ringing right now.”

It was CK tennis coach Ken Allen.

Here’s Sitton’s side of the conversation, a typical exchange between coach and athletic director on these rainy spring days.

“Hey, Ken, how’s it going? ... We’ll cancel, OK.”

“Down at Tacoma (against Lincoln) today? Let’s see ... no, we won’t be able to fit it in because of the bus situation.”

“OK, that’s an option to think about. The next piece of the puzzle is to look at the option for tomorrow. Two games, is that correct? “Oh, they can’t get a bus to make it. That’s like Port Angeles. They can’t get a bus either and I had to schedule baseball for 4/25.”

“OK, give it a shot, it’s worth it. I’ll make an announcement in about five minutes about the tennis cancellation.”

Weatherwise, Bremerton athletic director Larry Gallagher said, “It’s probably the worst spring I can remember. It’s cold, it’s wet and all of a sudden you think you’ve got a decent day and it pours.”

Bremerton had to cancel a non-league home baseball game against Klahowya, scheduled for Wednesday, April 17, in order to play South Kitsap.

“Chances are we won’t make it up,” Gallagher said of the Klahowya game. “We’re running out of time. We had to cancel Bellarmine tomorrow (April 18). It was a (Narrows) crossover at their place, but they had a league game to makeup.”

Gallagher and his fellow ADs have gotten used to this spring rescheduling dance.

“You cancel it, reschedule it, cancel it and reschedule it,” he said. “You’ve got to call the field, call the umpires, call the transportation and call the other team. There’s a lot of things you’ve got to do in a very short period of time.”

How many games are the Knights behind?

“I couldn’t tell you,” Gallagher said. “I don’t know which games are which anymore.”

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