Inclement and cold weather has halted the completion of Guilford’s new baseball field, forcing the Indians to play home game at other schools. However, Athletic Director Jake Jarvis said the baseball team isn’t phased by it.”They’ll play anywhere,” he said. “They’ll play stickball on the streets of Brooklyn if they could. The kids just want to play baseball.”
The new field was to be completed for the start of this season. Guilford coach Brian Hayden said about 12 members of the baseball team dealt with this last summer during American Legion.The Guilford Legion team plays its home games at the high school, but construction forced it on the road, too.
“They’re kind of used to this,” Hayden said.
The team is currently practicing at the freshman field, but Jarvis said that field, nor the Guilford middle school field, are suitable for varsity baseball. He said weather has thrown everything off.
“We’re starting the season and there’s still snow up there on the field,” he said.
However, the Indians have handled it well, according to Hayden. Guilford is 2-2 and riding a two-game winning streak. The Indians play their unofficial home-opener Saturday against Sheehan at North Branford High School at noon.
North Branford High School is one of a few options for the Indians unofficial home fields this season. Guilford has seven scheduled home games this season and Jarvis said Branford High, East Haven High and Hand High are all possibilities. He said the difficulty is trying to find a day when their fields are available. Hayden said his team is prepared for the challenge of adjusting to different fields.
“There may be a slight disadvantage,” he said. “But we’re a confident group. If we play our game it translates to whatever park we play at.”
And if the weather will finally cooperate, Guilford could finally play at home again.
“It’s not really anyone’s fault,” Jarvis said “It’s the weather.”