Nonograms, ciphers and semaphores might be the best way to sort through the baseball and softball scheduling mess created by inclement weather and spring break.
Payson High School athletic director Jason Lobik and his fellow ADs around the East region are in charge of sorting through rescheduling and have taken a step in that direction by finding dates for makeup games against the Alchesay Falcons.
Adjusting for Alchesay
Originally, the Horn baseball team was to play the Falcons March 19 in Payson and today, March 26, in Whiteriver.
But the first encounter was postponed when Alchesay school officials called Lobik to say they did not have enough players to field a team because the school was in spring break.
For a while last week, coach Jerry Daniels was unsure if today’s game vs. Alchesay would be played.
But the game is now a go, and will also feature a doubleheader second game, which will be a makeup for the March 19 clash.
In softball, the Lady Horns and Alchesay were originally scheduled to meet today, March 26, in Whiteriver and on April 21 in Payson.
However, administrators from the two schools agreed this week to play the two games today, in Whiteriver, as a doubleheader.
The change in playing site for one of the home and away Alchesay vs. PHS games means both the baseball and softball games lose the home field advantage.
But because the Falcon teams are struggling this year, it is a disadvantage that might be easily overcome.
Working it out with Round Valley
In baseball and softball, games originally scheduled for March 23 in Round Valley were postponed.
“They called to say it was snowing over there,” said Lobik.
Administrators from the two schools have not yet settled on a makeup date.
Lobik expects to have the RV vs. Payson makeup dates agreed upon by early next week.