Minimal snow year: bad for the skiers, snowboarders and kayakers - good for the golfers, mountain bikers and baseball players.
The last time the Summit High baseball team hosted a home game - at home, in Summit County - Jamie Moyer was a spry, young roughly 10-year veteran in the big leagues.
In other words, we're not exactly sure when the last true home game was for the Tigers, but head coach Tom Looby suspects it was sometime in the mid-'90s.
"It's been a long time. I don't really know," said Looby, who's been involved with the team since 2004. "We haven't had anything at home since I started. I think it was back in the '90s."
Summit is set to host its first in-county game against Alameda on the softball field at the Frisco Peninsula Recreation Area at 3:30 p.m. Monday. Then on Wednesday, the Tigers will welcome Valor Christian, also at 3:30 p.m. JV will follow in both instances. A third game is potentially in the works versus Battle Mountain.
"The town (of Frisco) has been awesome," Looby said. "The guys in the public works department and the recreation department worked on the scheduling for us, and we really appreciate that."
The field is dragged, lined and the mound is set. In fact, the team practiced on its home diamond Friday afternoon.
"It means a lot (for the players to play a true home game). They'll have many more fans come watch them play, particularly families," Looby said. "Many of the families are regular participants and come to the away games, but some of them just don't have the opportunity to do that. Being able to do it for both varsity and JV, it'll be pretty special for the kids."
Looby said the guys came off spring break a little flat, but seem to be picking it back up.
"If you asked me before their game on Wednesday, I would have said, 'They're really struggling.' But they really played well against a good D'Evelyn team," Looby said. "They started hitting the ball again and played much better defense. It's tough coming off of spring break. Some of them haven't touched a baseball in 10 days, but they're playing with a lot more energy right now and looking forward to what's going to happen next week."