Little learned in rain-soaked baseball season
The early season spring sports schedule is always a crapshoot because of our ... unpredictable ... Midwestern weather.
Rain and cold weather has wiped out most of the pre-conference baseball games for area schools. What little we have learned from the games that have been played is that it's shaping up to be a wide open race in what is looking like a tough year for the NIC-10.
Only two teams, Belvidere North and East, have winning records so far. Overall, the NIC-10 is 15-31 in the non-conference games that have taken place. And the three schools that have dominated the conference since 2003 - Harlem, Hononegah and Boylan - are a combined 5-18.
Even Belvidere North, which went 14-4 in the conference last year to take third and is off to a 3-1 start, has no real idea where it stands because of lack of action.
"Some kids can look great indoors, but once they are outside in pressure situations things can change. I know for us we still have two positions we are looking to fill in our lineup, and we haven't been able to solidify them because we are not playing games," North coach John Paddock said in an email. "Pitching is the biggest aspect that has been affected. Players just don't have the innings on the mound right now and sarting rotations with the new pitch limits are hard to set without seeing kids in live games."