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With the abysmal start to spring, poor weather has meant high school baseball and softball in the Mahoning Valley is off to a slow start.

Coaches in the area are finding it difficult for their teams to get quality practices when they take place indoors or at hitting facilities when the game is meant to be played outdoors. Among many of the concerns is making sure the teams get live at-bats, the fielders get good reps and the pitchers start to fall into a routine.

Kennedy head baseball coach Jim Ciambotti said his team is fortunate to have an indoor facility where ground balls and some outfield routes can happen, but he ultimately knows being outside is where his team needs to be.

“We’ve had one outdoor practice, three scrimmages and four games. I’ve been doing this for 30 years and this season is one of the worst I’ve seen,” he said. “This game is meant to be played consistently and it hurts that you cant get out there and get a read on the players and on your team. “

Champion’s skipper Andrew Barker also shared the same sentiment. He said not being on a practice field this season has proven difficult for his team to fall into a routine. His concern is when his squad takes the field, the difference from fielding grounders in a gym compared to a field will be noticeable.

“Once you hit the field you get a different bounce than on the hardwood,” he said.

He also noted that the indoor facility the team uses for batting practice is good, but doesn’t compare to live at-bats.

For Champion’s softball team, head coach Cheryl Weaver said hitting is what her team is focusing on when indoors, but knows her girls need time outdoors to iron out some communication issues in the outfield.

“(Being indoors) has really affected our outfield and communication of where the ball has to go… it affects a lot of the game,” Weaver said.

Aside from practicing indoors, Weaver noted that going from playing games outdoors and then going indoors for practice takes a toll.

“We spent so much time inside in the beginning that you can’t wait to be outside. We didn’t get out until our first game,” Weaver said. “Now with (the weather), you can’t even be outside. It’s kind of depressing. After you’ve been outside playing games and going back inside, it hurts.”

Ursuline head baseball coach Paul Kempe said his team is trying to take adavantage of being outside as best as they can, however he said getting in the rythym of playing games is the hardest part.

“The big thing I’ve preached with the staff is that the weather is like this for everyone. We have to be ready to go with every opportunity we have. I think our guys have done a great job with it and I credit them with always being ready,” Kempe said.

Unlike some teams in the Valley, Ursuline has been able to get nine games in so far this season and Kempe said the team is fortunate to have been able to play that many.

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Source: https://www.tribtoday.com/sports/local-sports/2022/04/having-snow-fun/

With the abysmal start to spring, poor weather has meant high school baseball and softball in the Mahoning Valley is off to a slow start.

Coaches in the area are finding it difficult for their teams to get quality practices when they take place indoors or at hitting facilities when the game is meant to be played outdoors. Among many of the concerns is making sure the teams get live at-bats, the fielders get good reps and the pitchers start to fall into a routine.

Kennedy head baseball coach Jim Ciambotti said his team is fortunate to have an indoor facility where ground balls and some outfield routes can happen, but he ul…….

With the abysmal start to spring, poor weather has meant high school baseball and softball in the Mahoning Valley is off to a slow start.

Coaches in the area are finding it difficult for their teams to get quality practices when they take place indoors or at hitting facilities when the game is meant to be played outdoors. Among many of the concerns is making sure the teams get live at-bats, the fielders get good reps and the pitchers start to fall into a routine.

Kennedy head baseball coach Jim Ciambotti said his team is fortunate to have an indoor facility where ground balls and some outfield routes can happen, but he ul…….

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