ILWACO - "At this time the junior varsity baseball schedule is cancelled. We do not have enough ballplayers to play a formal schedule. We will try to get a few games here and there if we have the bodies," Athletic Director Matt Blair said in a memo issued March 26. "All players can only play in 20 total regular season games. We will see what we can do for the younger players. That is just the way it goes."
After canceling the JV program, Blair gave "the bottom third" of players the option of not having to pay the fee of $75 that athletes at Ilwaco High School are assessed per sport. The Fishermen baseball program has fielded a junior varsity team for part or all of the season from 2000 until 2006 when injuries and academic ineligibility decimated the squad last season.
The WIAA allows a player to compete for two innings in a baseball or softball game without counting that contest towards his or her 20-game regular season limitation. For example a player could pitch two innings in a JV contest and still compete that day in a complete varsity game.
The varsity game with Kalama was cancelled March 27 due to both facilities at Long Beach and Kalama being "unplayable" although the Lady Fishermen varsity and junior varsity squads did play their games in Kalama. There was no make-up date set for the fifth of seven Ilwaco baseball games postponed this season.
The next Fishermen varsity diamond tilt is scheduled for April 9 here with Ocosta at 4 p.m. Ilwaco has split two non-league contests this season and will have had an 18-day layoff between their last game at LaCenter and the Ocosta fray. League doubleheaders begin April 13 when the Fishermen host White Salmon.