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Sports Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, May 19, 2011

Rain not helping Guilderland’s chances

By Jordan J. Michael

GUILDERLAND –– The Lady Dutch softball team needs one more win to secure a playoff spot in Class AA, but the extreme wet weather isn’t helping.

It’s the final week of the regular season, and Guilderland has had its last two games, against Bethlehem and Averill Park, postponed by rain. Most Section II teams haven’t been able to play during this pivotal week of the season.

“This is a really big problem,” said Dutch Head Coach Beth Ray on Wednesday. “The rain is beyond our control, but it’ll be interesting to see who gets into the postseason if these games don’t get played.”

Additional wet weather is forecast through Saturday, but Guilderland will try to play the last two games over that period, with a goal of securing an eighth win. After all the rain this week, the team’s home field is unplayable, Ray said.

There have been an unusually high number of rainouts in 2011 in both softball and baseball. Ray, who played softball at Bethlehem for six years and has coached Guilderland for five, told The Enterprise that she couldn’t remember a stranger year.

“It’s been the worst weather, ever,” Ray said. “We need good weather to have a respectable season.”

The Lady Dutch’s last game was against Columbia on Thursday during Senior Day. The team got one hit, by Anna Carey, but Guilderland celebrated the efforts put forth by Kari Balogh, Cori Hilt, Danielle Heath, and Renée Lafreniere this season.

“They’re a nice group of kids, who have been great leaders,” Ray said of her seniors. “We’ll miss them.”

Guilderland (7-7) will await opportunities to play Bethlehem and Averill Park, but it won’t be easy with more bad weather looming.

“This rain has had the same effect on all the teams,” said Ray. “No one is outside.”

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