FRCC trims baseball season in half, softball staying intact

Because of the weather the Fox River Classic Conference will slice its baseball season in half but softball season will attempt to play a full league slate. (WLUK)

GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- This week, area conferences in Northeast Wisconsin met to discuss the baseball and softball seasons which have been stalled by Winter Storm Dan and Blizzard Evelyn.

Can a full season still be completed or not?

The decision was a split. Baseball will play a half season -- nine games -- while softball will try to play a full season with doubleheaders as needed.

The Green Bay Preble softball team is pleased it didn't lose any games.

"Losing nine games would be horrible, especially since we've worked hard to get to where we are," Preble senior Katie Kugel said. "We are a pretty good team and I think we can make it far and I think losing that nine games would be really unfortunate for not only our team but for every team in the FRCC."

Bay Port baseball coach Mike Simoens thinks the direction the baseball teams are taking is the right call.

"I think that was something that needed to be done," he said. "I wasn't a big fan a couple weeks ago looking at that alternative but at this point I think it's inevitable we had to do something at this point and that's about the right time frame. This is the worst we've seen in a long time, at least since I've been around."

Other conferences have also looked at adjusting their schedules, including the Fox Valley Association, which will try to play a complete full league season for baseball and softball. Meanwhile, the Packerland will play half seasons for softball and baseball.

Softball has a better chance to play a full league season because of two factors, Preble softball coach Ron Metzler said.

"Think the two factors are you can throw (softball) pitchers," Metzler said. "Medical studies show (softball) pitchers aren't going to get injured -- unlike baseball, which has to limit them -- and our games are shorter. We don't spend time looking at first and second base."

The plan is for the conference seasons to start in the beginning of May.

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