The month of May in Southeastern Michigan saw rain in 24 out of the 31 days and spring sports teams paid the price in what many are calling the Worst Spring Ever.
The 2019 spring season has been a nightmare for teams and Athletic Directors with numerous cancellations and rescheduled games. Not to mention trouble for media personal, trying to keep up with all the reschedules to continue to cover the local sports teams.
With baseball, softball, and soccer districts, and the track and tennis state finals, people would hope that June 1 would mean a change in the weather, but alas it was not as Mother Nature continued to wreak havoc on spring sports causing more cancellations and weather delays to all sports Saturday.
Track and field teams in all four divisions were forced to sit through three rain delays due to storms in the Grand Rapids area. The track meets started at 10:00 AM and were not completed until nearly 11;00 PM for D1 and D2, while D3 and D4 did not get over until nearly 11:30 PM.
Most baseball and softball districts got their early games in before the storms started moving in around 1:00 PM.
The Chelsea softball team completed its D2 first round game in Parma, defeating Adrian 9-1. The second game was called in the third inning and will be continued Monday at 2:00 PM. The Bulldogs will face the winner of Jackson Northwest and Parma Western, 45 minutes after the completion of their game.
The Dexter softball team had started its game with Howell and was trailing 4-0 in the 4th when the storms hit. The teams will continue their game at 4:00 Monday at AA Skyline.
The Pinckney and Dexter baseball teams may have had the wildest day out of everyone. The Pirates got their first game in when they upset 3rd ranked Brighton. The Dreadnaughts started their game with Skyline and it was called in the first inning. The district games were then moved to U of M’s Ray Fisher Stadium for a 4:30 restart. Deter went on to beat Skyline 10-0 and the district title game between the Pirates and Dreadnaughts started shortly after six. The game went in to a weather delay due to thunder in the bottom of the first and after a half hour delay they restarted the game again. They made it to the top of the third with Dexter leading 4-3 when another storm blew in and forced the game to be postponed. The teams will return to the field at U of M Monday at 4:30 PM to continue the championship game.
The state tennis finals were lucky enough to get their matches in before the storms blew through.
This weeks weather forecast is calling for very little rain with hopes of drying things out.
Of course that is to be expected now that a majority of the spring sports seasons will be done after Monday.