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Illiana Christian baseball, softball teams have yet to play a game

2013-04-07T18:00:00Z 2013-04-07T23:09:05Z Illiana Christian baseball, softball teams have yet to play a gameMike Nieto mike.nieto@nwi.com, (219) 933-3232 nwitimes.com
April 07, 2013 6:00 pm  • 

While most teams are three weeks into the season, the Illiana Christian baseball and softball teams have not taken an official swing this spring.

Inclement weather wiped out the March games and spring break has taken out the past week. The school has a policy of no games or practice during spring break.

The baseball team is scheduled to open Tuesday against Metro Suburban Conference foe Riverside Brookfield and softball hosts MSC opponent Fenton. That is weather permitting. The forecast calls for rain during the early part of this week.

"This has been the worst spring since I have been coaching," softball coach Mike Oppenhuis said of the weather. "We have had one quality outside practice all spring. You can only take so many ground balls on a gym floor."

Baseball coach Dan Gibson said instead of five or six games under their belts to prepare for the conference season, the Vikings dive right into their MSC games.

"We open against a tough conference opponent, but we may not get those games in," Gibson said. "We have did what we could, but my kids want to get a game in."

The last week the school was on break and both coaches said that hurt their progress.

"We had four kids here," Oppenhuis said. "They could practice on their own, but what can you do with four kids? I know our kids will be ready, but it would have been nice to have some games in already."

Junior baseball player Caleb Jonkman spent last week playing AAU basketball and said he and his teammates had to re-evaluate some things.

"We have to make sure we don't get 'cabin fever,' and get back to work and be ready to play," Jonkman said. "We can't use this as an excuse because the other teams haven't played that many games.

"It may take us a little longer, but we just have to get back into the flow of the game."

Junior Kat Witting, a second baseman on the softball team, said she went to Florida last week, but she and her teammates are chomping at the bit.

"It is very frustrating to not to be able to go outside," Witting said. "the weather has just not been that good, but we really want to get outside and play."

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