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String of wet weather washes out spring sports

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April showers may bring May flowers and they also wash out athletic fields.

Local athletic directors told Western Mass News the up and down spring weather is what they are used to working with here in New England. 

High school athletic directors have been consistently pushing practices inside this season because of the constant rain and mud.

At the Minnechaug baseball game on Wednesday, Western Mass News saw fans braving the cold temperatures and players bundled up just to play.

"I feel like this year we were in the best shape starting the week of tryouts with no snow on the ground. And then all of a sudden the barrage of four nor’easters coming in a row that kind of threw some things off," said Minnechaug Athletic Director, Mike Roy. 

Baseball and softball teams can't get as many games in because the fields aren't playable which in the end causes scheduling conflicts. 

With a hard deadline by the state’s athletic governing board, teams have to get games in by a certain date.

"It creates kind of a puzzle but the state did extend the cut off a whole other week into June, [at the] end of May [towards the] beginning of June so that should help towards the end if stuff in may gets rained out," said Roy. 

The extra week means teams aren't as concerned about getting all their opponents in before playoffs.

Although a packed schedule isn't ideal for a student athlete, they know what they signed up for playing an outdoor sport in the north east.

"We just come to expect it you can’t stress out about it you can’t change it just got to deal with it," Roy added. 

Despite the New England weather, players are going to do their best to get all their games in.

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