Baldwin AD reflects on scheduling challenges

BALDWIN — Shawn Williams took over as Baldwin athletic director earlier this year and has immediately faced stiff challenges, especially this spring, in putting together schedules for the various sport teams.

The weather remains a problem.

Rain and cold weather have created havoc with the schedules. Baldwin has varsity boys and girls track, along with baseball and softball, plus junior high track.

“It’s real challenging,” he said. “We take it day by day. We started with winter weather, then started late. The weather hasn’t been any help during the season. I feel sorry for the players who practice and practice, and then, they don’t have a game. I can adjust, but I feel bad for the players.”

When Baldwin played Walkerville on Tuesday at home for baseball, it was only the second home contest in that sport for the Panthers. The Walkerville twinbill was originally scheduled to be on the road, but was switched to Baldwin. Walkerville had too much water on its field.

There may not be any more home softball or baseball games. Softball has only had one home twinbill. Track meets are all on the road.

Williams was a former athlete at Baldwin and doesn’t remember a spring like this one.

“I think maybe we rescheduled one home game during my whole four years but nothing like three or four games a week being rescheduled,” he said. “This is a very odd and unusual spring.”