Weather continues to plague Mavs’ baseball schedule
The wind was blowing to beat the band and rain was imminent.
There was no way an RMAC baseball doubleheader between fourth-ranked Mesa State and Nebraska-Kearney was going to get played Saturday or today, so the coaches agreed to cancel the games and let the Mavs get out of Nebraska with a full day to travel home.
“We got a couple hours down the road and (UNK coach Damon Day) called and said it started raining at noon and it hadn’t stopped for two hours,” Mesa State coach Chris Hanks said. “We wouldn’t have played.”
Poor weather around the state Saturday caused the cancellation of most high school events.
The Fruita Monument and Central baseball teams were snowed out at Durango and Montezuma-Cortez.
Fruita will make up its game April 14, but Central’s makeup game is yet to be determined.
Palisade scrubbed its doubleheader with Steamboat Springs when the Sailors were unable to make the trip to Grand Junction.
It’s the Bulldogs’ fifth and sixth games missed because of weather this season.
In tennis, Fruita Monument’s dual with Aspen was canceled, as well as the final day of the Delta County Invitational. Central, which reached the finals in six of seven brackets, won the team title in a shortened tournament with 47 team points.
Palisade’s soccer game at Prairie View was canceled, and the Grand Valley boys and girls lacrosse games were postponed.
The Mesa men’s and women’s tennis teams were unable to play at Colorado Christian University. That match was scheduled for March 26 in Grand Junction but was rained out.
The baseball team’s bus was making pretty good time Saturday until about 4 p.m., when an accident on Interstate 76 stopped traffic.
“We’ve been sitting here for an hour and a half,” Hanks said at 5:30 p.m. “We’re between Fort Morgan and Denver and traffic’s stopped for about 10 miles. Blizzard, windy, blowing snow.”
The weather wasn’t quite that bad in Kearney, but it was bad enough, he said.
“There were 40 to 50-mile-an-hour winds and there was a winter storm warning for western Nebraska and eastern Colorado, so we all agreed to bag it and get on the way home,”
Hanks said. “The wind was blowing so hard you wondered if the flags were going to fly off the pole.”
The Mavericks’ baseball and softball teams are hosting cancer awareness events this week.
The baseball team’s annual “Game of Hope” is at 7:05 p.m. on Thursday at Suplizio Field against Colorado School of Mines. The softball team’s “Swing for Life” game is at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Bergman Field against New Mexico Highlands.
The baseball team will auction purple “Hope” caps worn by the Mavericks and the softball team will auction its pink jerseys.
Neither team will play Sunday in observance of Easter.
Patrick Bahr contributed to this report.