The good news for Lafayette's baseball team: it's riding a 10-game winning streak.
The bad news: wet weather could throw a wet blanket on the Generals' momentum.
Lafayette, No. 11 in the state, had three games rained out over the weekend, including a showdown with unbeaten and second-ranked Madison Central in the Indians' Tomahawk Classic.
The Generals (13-2) are supposed to play district rival Tates Creek on Tuesday, but the weather forecast is better suited to boating than baseball.
"It's really frustrating," Lafayette senior third baseman Jason Fibel said while, as if on cue, showers interrupted practice Monday afternoon.
"When you're on a roll like we are, you want to go out and see if you can pull out another win. When you're rained out, you can lose momentum."
But Lafayette, stacked with veterans (eight everyday starters returned from last year), seems equipped to handle anything opponents or Mother Nature can throw at it.
"We always keep our heads up and a positive attitude, and look forward to the next game," senior pitcher Logan Shaftner said. "We keep the same mind-set. We're really focused this year and ready to win whenever we play."
Lafayette Coach Chris Langston's main concern with April's foul weather is that it has limited opportunities for his pitching staff.
Shaftner and fellow senior Blake Smith, the top arms, have gotten enough time on the mound, but juniors Kevin Herren, Andy Gumm, Anderson Miller and Jes Staples have seen only spot action.
"When you're only playing two games a week, it's hard to get innings for your backup guys," Langston said. "The weekends are when we get to use our pitching depth, and we haven't been able to take advantage of that."
Pitching is an obvious strength for the Generals, with Shaftner leading the way. The tall right-hander, who signed with Parkland College in Champaign, Ill., is 3-0 with a 1.03 ERA. Over the last three seasons he's 13-3 with a 2.43 ERA and a 4-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
"I think I'm more patient this year and finishing off batters better after I get ahead," he said. "I'm working on location a lot, too. Sometimes it's not how fast you throw, it's where you put the ball."
Smith is 2-1 with a save. Herren, Gumm, Miller, Staples and Clay Helvey are a combined 8-1.
Lafayette's offensive leader is center fielder Johnny Youngblood. He hit over .300 as a 5-foot-9, 120-pound freshman, and he's boosted his average every year since. Now, as a 6-3, 170-pound senior, he's batting .429 and getting looks from pro scouts.
"I guess I've always had good eye-hand coordination," he said. "Matching that with growing, and getting bigger and faster, has helped."
Tyler Messner (.382), Gumm (.342) and Fibel (.317) have been consistent at the plate, too.
Lafayette had lapses defensively last year, but it's tightened things up this season. Youngblood covers a lot of ground in center. When Smith isn't on the mound, he's solid at shortstop, as is Gumm, his backup.
Drake Nichols and Fibel are veterans at second and third, respectively. Herren has made a smooth transition from right field to first base.
As good as the Generals are in pitching, hitting and fielding, the key to getting to the regional tournament for the first time since 2005 might be in the intangibles.
On a spring-break trip to Florida, Langston used the long bus drive to do team-building activities.
"The coaches got to know the players better, and the players got to know each other better," Langston said. "They really enjoy being around each other, and that has to help."
"We're good friends, and we've gotten even closer," he said. "Believing in each other is a big thing for us."
That's true, come rain or shine.