Spring has sprung and eligible high school baseball and softball players who missed the 2020 season due to the pandemic hope improved conditions will allow them to blossom on the diamond in 2021.

Student-athletes have participated in "throwers week" Monday through Friday, March 22-26, which gives those who do extended throwing — typically pitchers and catchers — a jump start on spring training.

As is typical, early training has been in gymnasiums and, in some cases, outdoors on tracks, in parking lots or on portions of drying fields.

The remainder of the spring athletes, including from baseball, softball, lacrosse, tennis and track and field, will begin workouts on Monday, March 29, with games/events expected to start in April.

There is expected to be a somewhat "normal" spring athletic season, with Maine Principals' Association championship events at the end.

Below are videos and more than 230 photos from practices at Midcoast high schools.

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