NEBRASKA CITY – The Nebraska City baseball team was supposed to have played nine games by now. They’ve only played three.
Six games, including Monday’s contest vs. Seward and Tuesday’s match-up vs. Omaha Skutt, were either cancelled or postponed due to inclement weather or because renovations at their home field.
According to Head Coach Kyle Ferguson, mother nature and work on the new infield at Clemmy Holmes Field has forced the Pioneers to practice in their indoor batting cage or at the high school gymnasium, preventing them from working on situational baseball.
“Every kid will tell you the same thing that throwing the ball across the gym, even though it’s measured out the same, it’s a lot different once you get outside and you have that depth behind the bases. Picking up a ball that’s flying through the air with sunshine and blue skies is a little different than a piece of drywall behind you that’s painted. It’s been an obstacle for us to get out and do that stuff, but we’ve made the most with what we can.”
The first-year head coach understands every other school around the area is dealing with the same weather and isn’t making any excuses for his team. He says it’ll come down to who can handle the adversity and take care of business.
Nebraska City (1-2) hasn’t played a game since their 4-2 win over Wahoo on March 29. They’ll be at Waverly (3-2) on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. The game will be carried on KNCY 1600 AM, 105.5 FM and ncn21.com.
Nebraska City at Waverly
When: 4:30 p.m. Thursday
Where: Waverly High School
Radio: KNCY 1600 AM, 105.5 FM, ncn21.com
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Notable Nebraska high school baseball performances, March 26-April 1
Brody Darnell, freshman, Auburn: Darnell has shined out of the leadoff spot for the Bulldogs this season, collecting at least one hit in every game. The freshman went 2 for 4 with two runs scored and a double this past week.