PLATTSBURGH — There was a strange sight at Chip Cummings Field on Thursday — baseball players practicing.
The Plattsburgh State baseball team will play its first home games of the season this weekend when the Cardinals host New Paltz today at 3 p.m. and Saturday at noon in a doubleheader.
“Thursday is the first day we’ve been on our field, and we have a three-hour advantage over New Paltz,” Plattsburgh coach Kris Doorey said. “It’s nice to be home and we’re excited about it.
“We’ve been away from home for 26 games, and that’s more games than other teams play in some sports. It’s been hard for us to relax and build any momentum. We’ve played on only weekends because of the weather, and we haven’t played a weekday game since we were in Florida. It’s tough to get some of the other guys on the team in games. I’m sure a lot of people don’t realize what we’ve been through.
“But being at home gives our players a chance to sleep in their own beds and be with their friends. Hopefully, we will get some people out to watch us. Maybe we’ll be able to find some magic at home.”
The Cardinals were originally scheduled to play nine of their 18 regular-season SUNY Athletic Conference games at home. Now, the three games this weekend represent Plattsburgh’s only home contests against conference foes.
These are huge games, as Plattsburgh’s postseason hopes are on the line. Both the Cardinals (9-17, 4-8 SUNYAC) and Hawks (12-17, 4-9) are in dire need of conference wins.
“We have to come away with wins in at least two of the three games,” Doorey said. “That is the worst-case scenario. The best-case scenario is getting a sweep.