Spring was supposed to arrive last Wednesday. But, freezing temperatures and snow on the diamond have been a common theme for Briar Cliff.
"We got in every game last year, all 55 scheduled," Baseball Head Coach Boyd Pitkin said. "We were playing in 60, 70, 80 degree temperatures and now we're still sitting snow. You know, you expect this in the Midwest, but not this late."
By acquiring the "dome" in South Sioux City four months ago and using the SP Hitting Zone in Sioux City, the Chargers are happy to have places to practice, other than their gym.
"It's been great for us," Softball Head Coach Michelle Schaper said. "We feel very fortunate that we have an opportunity to still go live in a facility like this."
However, there is a downside.
"I feel like we're a few steps off from where we can be," Senior outfielder Brenden Ospsol said. "It's difficult. It'd be nice to get outside and jump a few steps and get better faster."
For the Charger softball team, they feel it's given them an advantage.
"I feel like we're a step ahead of the other teams in our conference." Sophomore infielder Brooke Lyman said. "Nobody else has something like this."
But, not being able to be on their home field's has taken a toll mentally on both squads.
"We play, we sit for quite a while then we might play again. Just the inconsistency of not being able to play is getting on them as well as it the rest of the coaching staff," Pitkin added.
Temperatures are excited to climb into the 50's by the end of the week. Players and coaches are excited about finally to be able to play on their home fields.
"Finally seeing some temperatures that will melt the snow and thaw out the ground, hopefully we can continue to stay outside and start to play some games," Pitkin said.
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