So the weather is finally about to warm up. For Wyoming Valley Conference baseball teams, it’s not soon enough.
While temperatures in some spots may hit 60 in time for today’s opening day of the league schedule, that likely won’t make up for the beating that many local diamonds took during a very long and very cold winter.
With overnight temperatures still well below freezing through this past week, many fields haven’t been able to properly thaw out. Rain over the weekend certainly haven’t helped the situation.
In other words, the start of the WVC season might end up getting pushed back for several teams.
Lousy weather this time of year, of course, is nothing new in Luzerne County. Coughlin and Hazleton Area played an especially miserable opener last season in which pitchers could barely grip the ball because of the wind and cold.
Seven innings and 20 combined walks later, those involved still shiver at the mention of it.
But even with that in mind, to some coaches this past month was as bad as it ever has been in terms of trying to prepare for a season.
“This is my ninth year, and this is the worst,” Wyoming Valley West coach John Milius said. “The worst. I’ve been around a long time and we’ve had quite a bit of snow. But this just isn’t letting up.”
Valley West is one of a handful of teams that wasn’t able to get out on their home fields as this past week wound down.
The weather woes would figure to favor senior-laden squads who don’t need much time to polish up on their fundamentals. Or it could just mean everyone is going to be rough around the edges these first few weeks.
Regardless, everyone will have thoughts of warmer days and a Memorial Day trip to PNC Field for the district championships.
WVC hitters and pitchers
(All stats are from WVC regular season unless noted)
Division 1: Joe Baran, HAZ (.475), Dave Marriggi, COU (.388), Sal Biasi, HAZ (.386), Jeremy Sabecky, WVW (.341), Josh Razvillas, PA (.333)
Division 2: Jeremy Worlinsky, HR (.424), Nigel Stearns, DAL (.405), Cahil Carey, LL (.371), Eric Kerr, HR (.333), Sean Soltysiak, TUN (.313)
Division 3: Mike Sulcoski, HAN (.541), Nick Deno, HAN (.538), Jack Windt, HAN (.441), Mike Blazaskie, HAN (.438), Matt DeMarco, MEY (.432)
Division 1: Alex Klinger, BER (1.19), Bill Gregory, WVW (1.35), Sal Biasi, HAZ (1.37), Tony Hernandez, HAZ (2.14), Joe Baran, HAZ (2.14), Dave Marriggi, COU (2.88), Michael Schwab, PA (2.97)
Division 2: Jordan McCrumm, DAL (1.98), Joey Gavenonis, WA (2.82), Eric Kerr, HR (33 K), Nigel Stearns, DAL (32 K), Scott Bean, LL (31 K)
Division 3: John Wickiser, HAN (0.00), Joe Olszyk, NAN (2.00), Matt DeMarco, MEY (2.19), Charlie Karchner, MMI (2.47), Kevin Evans, GAR (43 K)