New Hanover baseball battles weather gearing up for state series

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The weather hasn't cooperated with the New Hanover High School baseball team as it prepares for the 3A state championship series against Crest starting Friday at Burlington Athletic Stadium.

Rain has forced the Wildcats to change practice plans.

"It's been less than ideal," head coach Richard Roy said of the weather, "but the bottom line is you control the things you can control and don't worry about the things you can't. I am all over the forecast."

"It's been difficult, but we have to come out and control what we can control," New Hanover senior Max Hildreth said, echoing his coach's words. "If we are inside or outside, we have to make the most of it (and) try to get better while we can."

No matter if they are practicing inside or out, the Wildcats are making the most of each workout.

"I don't think you need as many reps," said Hildreth. "It's just a matter of getting out here and doing enough. If it's an hour or hour and half, you just have to get out here and do a little bit."

When forced to move indoors, the team is able to work on things it otherwise wouldn't.

"When we are outdoors, the emphasis is on as many game time reps as we can get in," said Roy. "Those rainy days are at least an opportunity to talk through some of the things that you don't feel like spending practice time on that do come up in games."

Game 1 of the best-of-3 series between New Hanover and Crest begins Friday at 5 p.m. Game 2 is Saturday at 11 a.m. with an if necessary Game 3 scheduled for Saturday at 5 p.m. 

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