April 18, 2014

Cardinals to play softball games at South Acres this weekend

PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh State softball team still won’t get to play at Cardinal Park this weekend, but at least its games will be in the City of Plattsburgh.

The Cardinals have yet to play at their home field, and after considering moving this weekend’s two SUNY Athletic Conference doubleheaders out of town, they settled on South Acres Field as an alternate location. They’ll host New Paltz there at 3 p.m. today and then Oneonta on Saturday.

Plattsburgh coach Stephanie Conroy said she checked Cardinal Park Thursday morning and decided it still wasn’t in good enough condition. She said the Cardinals (6-16, 3-5 SUNYAC) have not practiced at South Acres.

“It’s like any time we go to another complex — just jump on the field and play,” Conroy said. “I don’t think there’s home-field advantage in terms of the field, but there’s home-field advantage in terms of having our own staffing, trainers, not having to travel. A field is a field.”

New Paltz (7-14, 4-5) was supposed to have a four-day marathon of doubleheaders last weekend, but three of its four games on Friday and Saturday were not completed. Then the Hawks split with Geneseo on Sunday and dropped two to Brockport on Monday.

Junior utility player Shayna Burgess leads New Paltz with 26 hits and a .400 average. In the pitching circle, the Hawks have used five different players, but Katie Rutcofsky has pitched the most and has a team-best 2.75 ERA.

Oneonta (16-9, 6-3) is second in the conference standings after splitting with Brockport last Sunday.

“I know it’s going to be an important weekend for us. We’re definitely looking to at least split the weekend,” Conroy said. “Both teams are going to be competitive. They have new coaches. I think the kids are the same, so it’s not going to change how competitive they are against us.”

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