Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Dillon Kark (2) watches as Alex Mooney fields a throw at second base during a game earlier this season. Like most teams, the Eaglets have had to deal with terrible weather, postponements and cancellations.

Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Dillon Kark (2) watches as Alex Mooney fields a throw at second base during a game earlier this season. Like most teams, the Eaglets have had to deal with terrible weather, postponements and cancellations.

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Petry taking approach of most baseball coaches in this weather: trying to survive

By: Mike Moore | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published April 23, 2018

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ORCHARD LAKE — His situation is hardly unique, a concern and an issue every coach across the region is dealing with right now.

When it comes to balls and strikes, what are you supposed to do when it’s nothing but rain and snow?

“We’ve played eight games, and I think one in baseball conditions,” Orchard Lake St. Mary’s baseball coach Matt Petry said last week.

Again, this isn’t something unique to Petry or his Eaglets. But he was willing to talk about the frustration and the solution — if there is one.

“You tell the kids they can’t worry about it, because both teams are playing in it,” Petry said. “If the thought about weather creeps into your mind, the other team has a leg up.”

Petry and his players have practiced what they’ve preached, sitting at 9-3 at press time.

But missed and lost games have been impossible to ignore.

“We had three washed out over spring break and a couple more we’ve had to reschedule,” he said. “Whenever we’ve been outside, it’s really only been to play.”

And that’s the other issue Mother Nature has created with her wind, rain, cold and snow: the lack of practice.

“You can be the most focused team out there, but if you’re stuck in a gym all the time, it makes things tough,” Petry said. 

The coach said the team has rescheduled as many of the missed games as it could, which means a packed schedule in the future.

“It’s going to be tough to play as many games as we have to, but it’s also going to teach us about ourselves,” Petry said. “Guys we didn’t plan on pitching in league games will likely have to now. Like all teams, we’re going to do what we can and see what happens.”

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