Spring scheduling woes

I will be the first to admit, I have no solution to the ongoing problem of voluminous postponements of high school games in Central New York. It’s one of the many rites of spring I am well accustomed to. The fall out of those postponements is a stacked schedule at the end of the season in which teams are playing five days a week to complete their schedules.

Is that back-loaded scheduling really fair? It isn’t at all, especially to small schools such as an Otselic Valley, G-MU or Afton. Chenango County’s three smallest school districts are among the many schools in New York I could easily cite.

Games need to be played so division and league champions are determined. Games are also played as a precursor for the sectional and state tournaments. The regular season has always seemed too rushed to me – and a mere footnote or formality. Teams of lesser talent and shallow pitching depth become fodder for those 25-2 and 19-1 scores you occasionally see in box scores. Occasionally, when the sub-.500 teams meet toward the end of the year and on the tail end of a seven-games-in-eight-days run, you’ll see scores that resemble football finals: 17-13, 18-14 or maybe a game in which one or both teams score 20 runs are commonplace.

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