Warm weather a boon for spring teams

Niskayuna baseball player Ben Funyak goes after a loose baseball during practice behind Niskayuna High School during practice Wednesday, March 9, 2016. (PETER R. BARBER/DAILY GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER)Niskayuna baseball player Ben Funyak goes after a loose baseball during practice behind Niskayuna High School during practice Wednesday, March 9, 2016. (PETER R. BARBER/DAILY GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER)

BY MICHAEL KELLY
Gazette Sportswriter

— Practices for high school spring sports teams started Monday.

Outside.

Who’d a thunk it?

Most years, area baseball and softball squads — and their spring peers — are forced indoors to gymnasiums to practice during their opening weeks. Last year, many teams struggled to consistently get outdoors until early-to-mid April in what was a particularly rough start to the spring sports season.

This year? Well, after warmer-than-normal days to start this week, Wednesday saw the area smash its previous record high for this time of year — 68 degrees in 2000 — with a mark of 81. The region also set a new record for the earliest 80+ degree day, according to the National Weather Service in Albany. The previous record was March 16, 1990.

Brian Frugis, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albany, said high temperatures are expected to drop from Wednesday’s scorching mark, but should remain in the 50s.

“For at least the next week to 10 days, we’re going to see above-normal temperatures,” he said.

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About the Author

Michael Kelly
Michael Kelly is a sports reporter for Your Clifton Park and Your Niskayuna, weekly print publications of The Daily Gazette. Kelly grew up in Clifton Park and graduated from Shenendehowa High School in 2006. He is also a 2010 graduate of the Stony Brook University School of Journalism. Kelly's work has been honored by the New York News Publishers Association, the New York State Associated Press Association, and the Associated Press Sports Editors. His work has previously been featured in The (Amsterdam) Recorder, The Saratogian, and Albany Times Union.