The Plattsburgh State softball players knew all along that things were going to be different this season.
They didn’t know that would mean shoveling snow off the field at Cardinal Park. In April.
The Cardinals got some help from community members last week as they tried to clear the field, which was completely covered with snow.
“That’s something that we haven’t done before; it’s pretty extreme,” senior Sam Capobianco said. “But it looks a lot better than it did while we were shoveling, so the weather is definitely … helping a lot.”
Coach Stephanie Conroy said there’s still some ice on the field, but it’s getting better and she hopes the team can play on it soon.
In the meantime, the Cardinals (2-12, 0-2 SUNYAC) are back in action this weekend with six road games, starting today at Fredonia. They’ll play Buffalo State on Saturday and then travel to Oswego for a make-up doubleheader Sunday.
Plattsburgh’s last game of its Florida trip was March 22. Since then, the team has gotten in just one doubleheader — and that was played on a turf field.
“It’s a lot to come back from Florida and then have two solid weeks in the gym,” Conroy said. “Usually we have a good transition, but it was tough working hard and being at the place where we were at and then having to come back inside. Because there’s not a lot of game stuff you can do inside.
“And what we need is to sort things out by playing more games. This is a young team, so the more experience they have, the better they’re going to be, the more confident they’re going to be.”
Capobianco said the Cardinals have been practicing in the gym and on the Field House turf, and the ball bounces a lot differently there than on dirt. But she added that she thinks they’ll be able to adjust quickly once they’re back on dirt this weekend.