The University of Maine Presque Isle softball team has been battling Mother Nature all season. The Owls have played just 14 games so far this year and Coach Sara Shaw says the team continues to juggle the schedule because of postponements and cancellations
Sara Shaw:" We are trying to figure out a way to keep things consistent. We have a good group of girls here. We have enough to play nine on nine if we need to in the gym. That is really helpful, but there is nothing to compare to actually play on a field. We are scrambling quite a bit, but it will work itself out by the end of the year."
Shaw has been spending a lot of time on the phone trying to reschedule games and add contests. This week the Owls had four games in Vermont postponed. Instead of not playing all weekend, Shaw was able to add two more games against Fisher College in Bangor, but Friday afternoon those games also postponed so Shaw and Husson agreed to play a double header on Saturday night. . The coach says the players are taking it all in stride.
Shaw:" Something that college softball athletes are used to, but this year seems to be especially difficult. Last minute changes and additions. You have to be flexible and patient and we are hoping we can get onto the field sometime soon and get out momentum moving forward. "
The Owls are currently ranked fourth in the USCAA poll and are now 9-5 on the season.
Shaw:" We are pleased with our record. We split with some very good teams. We split with Thomas College down in Waterville. They are a highly respected team in Maine. We split with teams in Pennsylvania and Virginia and the girls know that splitting with those teams is good, but what we always hope for is a sweep."
The coach and her players continue to hope the weather will turn around.
Shaw:" We are hoping the weather will turn around for us and we will get out on something a little different than the gym. We are hoping that spring comes sometime."