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Rain causing major scheduling headaches

Track official Albert Trujillo uses a roller squeegee to push water from the runway of the long jump during the Class 1A-3A track championships at the UNM Track. JIM THOMPSON/JOURNAL

News bulletin: This wet weather is seriously jacking with the high school sports calendar.

All five spring sports are being impacted in one way or another this weekend.

BASEBALL: Cleveland squeezed in Game 1 of its series with Mayfield on Friday night, with the third-seeded Storm winning 4-3. And there was plenty of other baseball around the state on Friday.

But except for Cleveland, the rest of the playoff games scheduled in the metro area on Friday were washed away.

And now, the possibility of a first-round, best-of-three series bleeding into Monday increases.

This is especially true for La Cueva, Valley and Albuquerque Academy, who were all due to begin their series on Friday.

The first games at all three sites were pushed back to today. Valley athletic director Joe Coleman and Academy AD Taryn Bachis said if the Vikings-Belen, or the Chargers-Miyamura, require a third game, it would be played on Monday. Same for La Cueva and Oñate, which start their series at 10 this morning.

While it is physically possible – and not forbidden – to play three games in a single day, nobody is keen to attempt that.

Oñate coach David Reyes said he’d rather take his team home to Las Cruces on Saturday night and return on Monday to Albuquerque, fresh, if his team and La Cueva happen to require a Game 3.

“That’s the way I look at it,” Reyes said. “It would be really tough (to play three in a single day).”

Farmington and Rio Grande wanted to conclude their series Friday but could not, leaving the Scorpions looking to fill time in Albuquerque until they could resume at 11 a.m. today for Game 3. That meant an extra night of expenses for players and coaches.

“We fund-raise all year for this; that’s what we do,” Scorpions coach Danny Secrest said. He admitted there is inconvenience involved as he thought about how he and his team would spend a free Friday night.

“A little bit,” he said, “just because we don’t get to sleep in our own beds.”

Game 1 of Sandia’s baseball series in Farmington against Piedra Vista on Friday night was moved down the road to Bloomfield, which has an artificial turf. Those teams hope to resume the series today in Farmington.

Rio Rancho and Eldorado were rained out Friday, but since the Rams and Eagles already played a first game on Thursday, they are less time-strapped than others. Ditto for Volcano Vista, which split two games with Alamogordo on Thursday, with the Tigers returning to town today for the crucial Game 3 at noon.

The big winners were St. Pius, Robertson and East Mountain, who all played two games on Thursday, swept their opponents, and advanced before the wet weather arrived.

SOFTBALL: A couple of stragglers who hoped to play Friday had their hands forced.

Volcano Vista will play host to Albuquerque High on Monday afternoon at 4. Bernalillo will entertain Belen at 4 p.m. today. Rio Rancho, the large-school No. 1 seed, saw its game postponed Friday afternoon. The Rams will instead take on Mayfield at 6 p.m. today.

TEAM TENNIS: Some first-round matches were moved Friday afternoon and evening to the University of New Mexico’s indoor bubble, but that will only slightly alleviate the backlog.

For instance, the Class 5A boys and girls team finals were originally scheduled at 2 p.m./3:30 p.m. (singles/doubles) today at the Jerry Cline courts, but that schedule no longer exists.

To wit: two of the four boys 5A quarterfinal matches are scheduled for 1:15 p.m. (singles) and 2:15 p.m. (doubles) today. As of 9 p.m. Friday, there were no starting times listed for the semifinals or championship matches in 5A or 1A-4A team brackets.

GOLF: The Class 1A-3A state tournament in Hobbs was stopped by weather Friday, but with a limited number of participants – 11 boys and 23 girls – the first round did finish.

Cottonwood Classical Prep’s Alex Moores shot 82 at Rockwind Community Links and is in second place, four shots behind leader Joshua Walsh of Socorro. Courtney Andersson of Mesilla Valley leads the girls standings after a 77 on Friday.

TRACK AND FIELD: The Class 1A-3A state meet went on as scheduled through the cold and rain Friday at UNM Track. The District 1-5A, 2-5A and 5-5A meets were postponed.

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