Seemingly non-stop rain in the past week put the baseball season on hold for the Camdenton Lakers. Camdenton had scheduled games at Parkview (April 21) and at home against Lebanon (April 26) postponed due to the weather.


Seemingly non-stop rain in the past week put the baseball season on hold for the Camdenton Lakers. Camdenton had scheduled games at Parkview (April 21) and at home against Lebanon (April 26) postponed due to the weather.

While it didn't actually rain until late in the night on April 26, the playing grounds at the new CHS baseball field were deemed too wet to play on, said Lakers coach Matt Moulder.

With heavy rain forecasted for the weekend of April 22, Moulder said he thought about leaving the tarp on for consecutive days.

But with new grass still developing, he decided that wasn't the best option.

"If you leave the tarp on for multiple days in a row, that's real hard on the grass," Moulder said. "It was kind of one of those hit-and-miss deals where you get a little bit of a window with some good weather, but then you have more (rain) coming in (Tuesday night)."

If not for more rain on Tuesday night, April 26, the field would have been ready and Camdenton could have played Lebanon at home on Wednesday, April 27, Moulder said.

He said there was some thought of playing the game at Lebanon.

"We're fortunate, with our facility, it takes the rain better than a lot of other places do,"

Moulder said. "If we would've had the tarp on it the whole time, it would be dry but it would have hurt the grass. We're trying to baby the grass a little bit but Lebanon was in the same boat we are. They have a nice field, too, but they didn't tarp theirs either."

Instead on Tuesday, the Lakers went through hitting drills in the batting cages. In the CHS gym on Monday, the Lakers worked extensively on pitching.

"Calling it a full practice would be a bit of a stretch," Moulder said. "We got a chance to go in the cages and do a little bit of hitting drills. As coaches, we were able to work one-on-one with guys and really break down and fine-tune some things that needed to be worked on."

With the ground still soaked, though, hitting and pitching work was about all the Lakers could do.

"It's nice to work on hitting and pitching but we couldn't do any infield work," Moulder said. "But that's part of the process. You have to deal with the weather, scheduling and other team's practice needs. But the other coaches (at Camdenton) are great to work with and we can usually work out something as far as sharing practice time and space."

The Lakers were scheduled to return to game action Thursday at Kickapoo.

On Friday, Camdenton hosted Tri-County Conference Tournament champion Warsaw. The Lakers host Lebanon on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the makeup game from April 26.

Moulder said playing three games in a row after having an entire week off isn't ideal, but it's  part of high school baseball.

"This is kind of the way spring baseball goes," Moulder said. "You schedule heavy early thinking you're gonna lose some games to rain, and we didn't lose much. Then, you go light later in the season to give you dates to fill stuff in."