Opening days postponed

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 19:00
Snow delays high school, Little League seasons

With a thick layer of snow still covering ballfields throughout Anchorage and Eagle River, the start of the 2013 high school softball and Knik Little League seasons has been delayed.

Softball games set for Monday and Tuesday, April 22-23 were postponed and subsequent games will be determined on a day-by-day basis, said Chugiak head coach Jim Huber.

Huber visited Albrecht Fields on Saturday, April 20, and said the outfields had 22 inches of snow. The infields were cleared with a snow blower, he said, but still had a thin layer of snow covering them.

All the teams can do now is wait and hope for sun.

“We’re gonna have to have some seriously warm weather before anything changes,” Huber said.

The lingering snow has kept the Mustangs inside, Huber said.

“We haven’t had one outdoor practice yet,” he said. “There’s just no place to do it.”

Knik Little League’s opening day — originally scheduled for Saturday, April 27 — has also been delayed. President Dan Kendall said he’s hoping to start the season in early May, but it depends when the fields are dry.

The high school baseball season is set to start today (April 25), but that likely won’t happen due to the amount of snow covering Mulcahy Stadium’s field, said Chugiak head coach Bill Lierman.

Chugiak is slated to play Colony on Friday, and Eagle River is scheduled to play Lathrop on Saturday, April 27. A meeting was held Tuesday evening to decide if those games will be played, but the Star went to press before a decision was made.

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