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Spring sports season shut down before it can start

A thin layer of ice and snow covers the turf field at Havre de Grace High School's James R. Harris Stadium on Wednesday morning.
A thin layer of ice and snow covers the turf field at Havre de Grace High School's James R. Harris Stadium on Wednesday morning. (RANDY MCROBERTS / AEGIS STAFF / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Baseballs, softballs, lacrosse balls and tennis balls were supposed to be in the air Wednesday, but snow balls are the balls of choice after Winter’s untimely dumping of several inches of snow in Harford County.

The closure of schools wiped out the first day of play for many. In the rescheduled column are four baseball games, seven boys lacrosse games, six girls lacrosse games and five softball games.

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“I started this morning about 7:30 and already moved baseball,” Aberdeen Athletic Director Tim Lindecamp said on Wednesday. “”It’s going to be a mess, but we’ll get through it.”

The Aberdeen baseball game was one of two on the schedule that has a new date. Fallston is to play at Aberdeen on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. Also, North Harford at Havre de Grace baseball is rescheduled for April 10 at 3:30 p.m.

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Havre de Grace softball at North East is rescheduled for March 29 at 3:30 p.m.

Rush hour around the busy intersection of Routes 543 and 22 on Wednesday morning wasn’t what it usually is on any other weekday.

Unfortunately, with a foot or more snow possible, schools may be closed again Thursday, which will knock out an additional day of play. Three baseball games, one boys and one girls lacrosse game each, four softball games and five track and field meets are on the slate.

Even if and when schools re-open, fields are going to be a mess for a number of days.

“Turf usually thaws quicker, but games could be off this week and maybe next week, too,” Lindecamp said. “For baseball and softball, instead of three games a week, they may have to play four.”

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Most of these postponed games are non-conference games. It may be that conference games will get played over the current postponed games.

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