Much like those at the high school level, the Busline League middle school spring athletes also are behind the eight-ball due to the rainy spring, thus far.

According to Chris Perry, executive committee member for Busline League baseball and softball, numerous middle school games have been postponed and rescheduled due to inclement weather and poor field conditions.

And with Tuesday, May 22, the final day of the regular season around the corner, and many games remaining to be played, time may be running out.

“We’re going to have to start getting creative with how we approach the remainder of the season,” he said. “We’re getting to crunch time. We’re going to be talking about doubleheaders, starting games earlier, certainly Saturdays, playing in different places. We’re looking at every option at this point.”

The Busline League Southern Division began the season with an eight-game baseball schedule and a 10-game softball schedule, while the Busline League Northern Division has a 10-game schedule for both baseball and softball. Many teams have played only a few of those games.

The championship games are slated for Tuesday, June 12.

The Busline League has built in a few days of wiggle room between the end of the regular season and the start of the playoffs, which they will almost certainly be utilizing.

Perry said, at the moment, the most significant problem teams are running into are the conditions of the fields themselves due to the significant, persistent rain the past few weeks.

But the problems may only be beginning.

With the same problem happening at the high school level, and only 38 umpires within the Knox-Lincoln-Waldo Umpire Association to go around, middle school teams may find themselves playing second fiddle to high school squads that need to play a certain number of games, as they operate under the guidelines of the much stricter Maine Principals’ Association.

The Busline League, which is operated among schools in a geographic area from Woolwich/Richmond to Vinalhaven to Searsport, are much more lenient. Which may lead to more postponements, or cancellation of games, if the damp weather persists.

Perry said, at present, they are not considering pushing back the start of the playoffs, which are scheduled to begin Thursday, May 31.

“At the end of the season you’ve got graduations, class trips, award ceremonies and everything else that goes on,” he said. “At the moment we’ve agreed not to move the playoffs.”

As far as canceling games are concerned?

“We’re not there yet,” said Perry. “But if we start having some cancellations [this] week, we probably will be.”

Busline League track and field has been able to hold most of its scheduled meets thus far.

Courier Publications Associate Sports Director Mark Haskell can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email at mhaskell@courlerpublicationsllc.com.