Bad weather could push games to Sunday

May 12, 2019

Be sure to jot down those Mother’s Day plans in pencil, not ink.

Worst-case scenario, high school baseball will eat up at least part of the day Sunday. If the weather that has wreaked havoc on the high school state tournament the previous two days doesn’t let up, or the best-of-three series that have already faced weather-related delays get extended to the limit, Sunday is the backup plan to get things done.

A spokesman with the New Mexico Activities Association said that any opening-round baseball series that has not been decided by the end of the day Saturday will have to be completed. If that means playing on Mother’s Day, so be it.

“No it’s totally up to the schools,” said Dusty Young of the NMAA. “We would consider any and all options, but schools would have to agree to it.”

Half a dozen of the 24 series in the 3A-5A tournaments had yet to start Friday night. Of those, three are in the 3A bracket that includes a number of Santa Fe-area teams. Among them is the St. Michael’s-Zuni series that saw Friday afternoon’s game postponed by unplayable field conditions at the Christian Brothers Athletic Complex.

St. Michael’s head coach Augie Ruiz said Friday morning’s snow that turned to rain by the lunch hour left a number of puddles in the infield.

“We got all of that cleared off and we have 30 bags of [infield clay] ready to use [Saturday] if we have to,” he said. “We’ll be back out here at 6 a.m. getting things ready.”

The Horsemen and Thunderbirds are scheduled to play Game 1 at 11 a.m. with Game 2 starting at about 1 p.m. If the teams split, a third game becomes necessary. Young said the decision to play a third game Saturday or wait until Sunday is up to the coaches and administrators from each school.

The same applies for the West Las Vegas-Thoreau series.

Both cities saw crosstown schools host their own series in 3A. Las Vegas Robertson got an early start Thursday and eliminated Tularosa in two lopsided games, while Santa Fe Indian School was able to start its series against Navajo Prep on Friday night. SFIS has the built-in advantage of playing on artificial turf, making it a little easier to get the field playable.

Some sports were able to avoid the weather. The state softball tournament had its opening round Wednesday, and games don’t resume until the middle of next week in Rio Rancho. The big-school golf tournaments for 4A and 5A start Monday and the state track meet for the big schools is next weekend.

The team tennis tournament had some matches moved to the University of New Mexico’s indoor facility Friday while everything else was pushed to Saturday. Tennis has been dealing with adverse weather all week, with the singles and doubles brackets postponed a day by rain and forcing everything to be played Thursday.

The small-school baseball tournaments played a game of chicken with the weather this week with the 2A tournament starting Wednesday. The eight-team 1A bracket is scheduled to begin next week.