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Prep softball: Weather wreaks havoc on schedule

By Kasey Hickman

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Poor weather brought high school softball to a halt in the first two days of the week throughout the Kanawha Valley, forcing the postponements of numerous key games.

To start off the week, Buffalo was scheduled to play at Sissonville on Monday. Sissonville started its season with a 13-0 victory over Mingo Central, while Buffalo posted a win over Hannan in its opener, and the two-time defending Class A state champions possess a 3-0 record.

Thanks to rain late Sunday and snow throughout the day Monday, that game and the entire area schedule was cancelled. 

Although Buffalo was scheduled to host Sherman on Tuesday, the Bison got another day off and will not play until Friday afternoon against 2012 Region 4 champion and Class AAA State Tournament runner-up Parkersburg South.

Hurricane also had a key game called off Tuesday, as the Redskins were scheduled to face perennial power Cabell Midland.

"At this point, we just want to play so we can get on the field," Hurricane Coach Josh Caldwell said. "We have been stuck in the gym practicing, but everyone is in the same boat."

Caldwell minimized the importance of the matchup with the Knights.

"Right now, the Cabell Midland game can't be our main focus," he said. "We're just preparing for the postseason."

Midland (3-0) and Hurricane (5-0) figure to be contenders for the Region 4 title, and squared off in what proved to be a pivotal game for the growth of the Redskins' program in 2012.

The teams last faced each other in the Mountain State Athletic Conference semifinals, with Hurricane getting a 6-3 win on Midland's home field. After rain delayed the MSAC title game for four days, the Redskins edged St. Albans for their first league crown at Hurricane.

Hurricane and Midland have outscored their opponents by 15 or 20 runs where Hurricane has a total of 76 runs scored in only five games and Midland totaling 37 in three.

Caldwell said he is working to reschedule Tuesday's game, but that no date had been set. The Redskins have already had six games called off by weather in the first three weeks of the season. Hurricane will play Parkersburg and Winfield during previously scheduled off days within the next week.

Tuesday's weather also forced the postponement of Herbert Hoover's game against George Washington. The Huskies (1-0) opened the season with a 2-1 victory over Wayne, the defending state champions. Hoover is scheduled to play Nicholas County today, which has an identical 1-0 record.

Region 4 newcomer Logan saw its home game against Lincoln County called off Monday. Lincoln County started its season with a loss against defending state champion John Marshall, but has four straight wins since.

Also among Monday's postponements, Ripley's home game against South Charleston will be rescheduled for a later date.


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