Leading off today:
The NCAA may ease up on recruiting restrictions
for lacrosse next week via a proposed change that college coaches largely do not support.
The NCAA Council will meet April 15-17 and vote on a proposal that could substantially alter the recruiting calendar. In April 2017, the NCAA eliminated contact between coaches and prospective recruits until Sept. 1 of athletes' junior year of high school, but now Proposal 2018-93 would allow for contact between coaches and players to begin at the end of the sophomore year. Camp visits could commence on Aug. 1.
The proposal would bring men's and women's lacrosse into line with many other sports and supporters say the change would allow athletes more time to establish relationships with their future coaches.
Lacrosse coaches see it as a step back toward the pre-2017 days of seemingly never-ending recruiting cycles.
An all-around effort: Nick Serce belted out three hits to drive home three runs and pitched six shutout innings as Irondequoit defeated Spencerport 8-0 in baseball.
Serce struck out seven batters and allowed three hits. Chad Gartland relieved Serce in the seventh, preserving the shutout with one hit surrendered and one strikeout.
One more helper needed: We have 10 of the 11 sections covered for our weekly baseball rankings scheduled to begin this coming weekend, but the NYSSWA is still looking for someone who can supply information on the top couple of teams in each class for Section 9.
If you can supply that information by noon each Sunday, send my an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to hop on board with us.
Kids, don't try this at home: Authorities estimate it will cost over $50,000 to repair a Ridgefield, Conn., baseball diamond where somebody lit the infield on fire with gasoline while trying to dry out the diamond.
Police said 25 gallons of gasoline were poured on the field Saturday and then set on fire as dozens of people watched.
Whether the effort worked is moot; the gasoline contaminated the soil, requiring workers from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to respond to the situation by removing the top six to eight inches of soil in the affected area.
Sadly, those weren't even the first rocket scientists to make the mistake this month. A week earlier in Clearfield, Utah, a high school coach got himself placed on admini-