Rainouts Leave Teams Fighting For Playoffs

April 23, 2009|By Todd Karpovich | Todd Karpovich,Special to The Baltimore Sun

With dozens of games canceled or rescheduled because of rain, Mount Hebron athletic director Jeannie Prevosto said the baseball and softball teams are trying to play the maximum number of games allowed per week so they can get one of the top four seeds in the playoffs.

"I've been doing this for 16 years and this is one of the worst," she said. "Our hands are tied, because we have [only] so many games that are allowed to be played each week."

In baseball and softball, teams are allowed to play three scheduled games and one makeup per week, according to the Maryland Public Secondary School Athletic Association handbook. Teams must play at least 14 games to be eligible for one of the top four seeds in regional tournaments.

In lacrosse, teams may play two games and one makeup per week. Teams can play three games per week twice during the regular season, but to play four games, at least three must have been originally scheduled for that week. Lacrosse teams must play at least nine games to be eligible for one the top four playoff seeds.

The Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association and the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland allow more flexibility to make up league games before the playoffs. If games do not have a direct impact on the playoffs or seedings, certain MIAA games could be canceled. The IAAM has a few days built in between the regular season and the playoffs for makeup games.

Ned Sparks, executive director of the MPSSAA, said committees met Wednesday and decided not to alter the number of games to be eligible for one of the top four seeds in state tournaments. He said there is time to make up games before the regional playoffs that start May 7 for lacrosse and May 8 for baseball and softball.

"We set a standard, and we feel folks at this point in time can still meet it," Sparks said. "To lessen it might benefit someone who did not do their due diligence to get the games in."

Archbishop Spalding's softball team has only three days off over the next 14, AD Lee Dove said.

Dave Cesky, AD at Fallston, said 25 varsity and junior varsity games have been called off this month because of rain.

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