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Winter weather causing spring sports to practice indoors


EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- It is the sound of spring sports, buzzing at schools all across Wisconsin.

But on the first day of spring, those practices are happening in gyms rather than on the field.

"When you're inside, it's a whole different game when you’re inside," said Miranda Thesing-Ritter, who is part of the Memorial High School Softball Team.

At Memorial High School in Eau Claire, the softball team has to trade their wide open sky for ceilings. Not an easy adjustment.

"We don't usually practice pop flies in the gym and no live batting practice from the pitcher," Thesing-Ritter added.

They are focusing on conditioning and agility, and as much batting as they can.

But senior Breahn Lynch says playing outside prepares you for all the elements.

"When you're outside, I mean there's so many other factors to the game like if it's sunny, if it's raining, it really depends," she said.

Memorial pole vaulters are faced with even bigger challenges. Without a sand pit, they cannot even get off the ground.

"Here we can practice our step and our plan, but we can't practice getting inverted and the turn and landing on the pit and all that stuff," said Kendra Morgan, who is part of the team.

They had their first meet last week indoors with another one slated for Saturday.

And up in Chippewa Falls, the baseball team has turned to tees and batting cages to help get their swings down.

"It's harder to read the ball off the cages with the white walls and the background," said Chase Stoffel, who is part of the baseball team.

But it is the practice that counts.

A lot of the guys say they can still get the skills indoors to play baseball well this season, but they also say there is really nothing like being able to play baseball outside.

Still some time to go until the snow is said and done, for now Zack Slowiak's advice is simple.

"Right now we'll have to deal with what we've got," he said.


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