Sports: Weather has ADs, coaches searching for games

The Palisade High School baseball coaches constructed a nickel they gave to the school’s athletic director, Mike Krueger.

On one side, the coin says ‘Snow.’

On the other, it says ‘Rain.’

On the very edges of the nickel are inscribed the words ‘Sunny and Warm.’

That’s about how the coin has flipped for the Bulldogs this spring.

Palisade has had four of its seven games either postponed or canceled because of weather. The Bulldogs picked up another game a couple of weeks ago when it played Central.

Two games on the Front Range and another this week at Suplizio Field were called off.

It’s unlikely they’ll be rescheduled because the remainder of Palisade’s Class 4A Western Slope League schedule leaves little room for make-up dates.

“The games (against Front Range teams) would be a problem because it would have to be during the week,” Krueger said.

With 12 games left on the WSL schedule, that could cause a drain on the arms of the team’s pitching staff, especially as it hits the heart of its league slate.

As of Friday, today’s Western Slope League doubleheader with Steamboat Springs, which was moved earlier this week from Canyon View Park to Suplizio Field, is still on.

“(The Sailors) are going to leave (this) morning,” Krueger said.

Whether they get turned back en route to Grand Junction because of the weather remains to be seen.

Mother Nature played havoc with the weekend schedule.

It started with Grand Junction’s baseball game at Ponderosa. Originally scheduled for today, the game was moved to Friday by mutual agreement because of today’s weather forecast in Parker

The Grand Valley Lightning boys lacrosse team’s game Friday at Steamboat Springs was postponed, as was today’s game at Eagle Valley. The girls game with Summit at Glenwood Springs today was also postponed, as was the Grand Junction girls tennis team’s home dual against Aspen.

The Palisade soccer team had two nonleague games on the Front Range scheduled this weekend but travel restrictions on Vail Pass forced the team to cancel the trip.


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