YORK -- Continuous rainfall last week canceled play for York Comprehensive High School spring sports teams and restricted practice time to indoor activity.
Nickie Templeton, head coach of the Lady Cougar softball team, used patience and resourcefulness in coping with the four-day drenching.
"We threw down some bases and practiced in the gym," the YCHS coach said of measures taken to escape the wet conditions.
The Lady Cougars used foam and wiffle balls for indoor batting practice.
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"The players were able to work on their timing and bat speed," noted Templeton. "We also spent time on base-running situations."
Logan Peterson, a mainstay at third-base and on the mound for the YCHS team, said it's hard not being able to practice outside.
"We go to the gym and get as much done as we can," she said. "We practice hitting and infield concepts."
Asked if the rainy conditions affected her pitching arm, Peterson replied, "I'm okay as long as I can get some practice throws in the gym."
If there's a position on the team that would be impacted the most by rainfall, it would be the outfield, a position difficult to prepare for indoors.
Sophomore outfielders Brooke Neely and Michelle Goss are prime examples.
Neely said outfield practice is restricted in the gym, adding, "We have what we call a quarterback drill, which includes over-the-shoulder catches and recognizing angles."
"Infielders can practice reacting to bunt situations in the gym, "Goss said. "We can't do that."
Peterson said it's likely some non-region games can't be made up.
"That's a problem with the rain," she added. "We need to be playing."
Templeton said the YCHS girls extend courtesies to other teams, while sharing the gym for practice time.
"Practicing in the gym is not what we would prefer, but other teams are going through the same thing," she said. "It's equal for all teams."
The former Presbyterian College standout said the rain couldn't have come at a worse time for the young YCHS team.
"We hit the ball the best we have all year against Northwestern and the rains came," Templeton said.
As for making up the rainouts, she said the Lady Cougars may go to Saturday double-headers.