The boys of winter: SM East baseball season starts with a frosty chore

SM East baseball players spent Friday afternoon shoveling off their practice diamond.

The SM East baseball team found out first hand on Friday why the pros hold spring training in Arizona: You can’t play baseball on a field buried under two feet of snow.

Given the conditions, the Lancers were forced to hold an unconventional first official practice of the season — though it was probably great for building camaraderie. Instead of fielding grounders and pop-ups, the team shoveled snow off an infield tarp.

“When we saw the weather forecast, we put down a cover over the infield,” said head coach Jerrod Ryherd. “Now we’ve just got to get if off the ground so we can actually play.”

The varsity team’s season opener is March 26.