Leader Blues

Friday, April 11, 2008

SPORTS >>Weather still wreaking havoc

Leader sportswriter

Mother Nature’s cruel joke on spring sports in the central Arkansas area continued throughout the week. Monday soccer matches went as planned, but the remainder of the week was a complete wash, literally.

It all started Tuesday when the Jacksonville Lady Red Devils lost in a rain-shortened softball game to Marion. Across the road at Dupree, the Red Devils were facing a 6-2 deficit to West Memphis in the bottom of the fourth inning when the remainder of that game was postponed due to stormy weather. The doubleheader is slated to be finished on May 5.

Beebe baseball and softball went the week without playing either of their scheduled games for Thursday, and Tuesday’s scheduled baseball game between Cabot and Conway had to be moved back a day. That game was actually made up in Conway on Wednesday, where the Wampus Cats took a run-ruled win over the Panthers, dropping Cabot to 2-3 in 7A-Central Conference play.

Late-week games had even less of a chance. More stormy activity in the central Arkansas area on Thursday afternoon cancelled games across the board. Cabot, Beebe and Lonoke baseball teams all gave up scheduled games, including conference matchups for the Panthers and Jackrabbits.

As for softball, the Jacksonville rematch with Marion, along with the Beebe/Nettleton game and the Blytheville/NP matchup were all called off due to the bad weather.

North Pulaski and Jacksonville both had home soccer games that had to be cancelled, and Cabot’s game at Central was also scratched.

Friday’s slate of games were also cancelled.