Rain forces AC to juggle schedule; Wave tries to play today
Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 5, 2003
NATCHEZ &045; All the rain this week has been bad enough.
But the sun hasn’t come out to dry anything up and allow everyone to resume playing baseball. Not only has it put everyone in a dreary mood, it’s also forced coaches to scramble schedules in hopes of just getting able to play.
Adams County Christian School changed its weekend series format with Central Private due to the weather. The Rebels will play a doubleheader at Baton Rouge at 4 p.m. today and play a single game at 1 p.m. Saturday in Natchez.
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&uot;I’m going to tell you &045; I can’t believe it’s not raining in Baton Rouge,&uot; ACCS head coach Gill Morris said. &uot;I think it’s raining all over the world. I haven’t seen the sun in three weeks. It’s unbelievable. My kids are ready to play ball. We’ve hit whiffle balls and rubber baseballs.&uot;
Cathedral, however, will try to play today against rival St. Aloysius in their sixth attempt to open the season. Chester Willis Field may in playable shape today, and the Green Wave may play at 7 p.m. today.
Both ACCS and Cathedral were rained out Wednesday.
If not, the two teams will try again at the same time Friday.
&uot;We’re going to go out there in the morning and take the tarp off and look at it,&uot; Cathedral head coach Craig Beesley said. &uot;The infield is dry, but the outfield has a lot of water on it. The infield is fine. It’ll take a little work but not much.&uot;
The Rebels had their game Wednesday with Riverfield scratched and will go into the Central Private series having played just four games &045; three in the Amite School Center tournament and a win over Huntington to open the season.
It may not be the best time to face Central Private, perennially on of the better teams in the district and MPSA. Central Private took two of three from ACCS last year, but head coach Kyle Achord lost a couple starting pitchers off that squad.
Heading the list is pitcher Bernard Robert, who is getting back into pitching shape after playing basketball.
&uot;His Nos. 2 and 3 starters from last year are back,&uot; Morris said. &uot;I saw them in the Amite tournament, and I hate to say this &045; they don’t seem to be swinging the bats as well as they did last year. I feel like if we can make our pitchers we’ll be in good shape. But Kyle will have them ready to play. They’ll be right there when April gets here.&uot;
ACCS will likely counter with left-hander Glenn Williams on the mound in the first game. Williams, who just came over from basketball fro the Amite tournament, didn’t throw much over the weekend but will get the nod.
&uot;Glenn will have a pitch count because he just got out of basketball,&uot; Morris said. &uot;He looked real good against Silliman but kind of wore down. I probably stayed with him a little longer than I should have. If we can swing the bats and get some pitching, we’ll be OK.&uot;
The Green Wave, meanwhile, opens its season against its biggest opponent after enduring five rainouts so far. It’ll also mark the first game for head coach Craig Beesley and a rematch of last year’s South State championship series that went to three games.
&uot;We’ve got to come out playing good ball our first game,&uot; Beesley said. &uot;They’ve already won one district game. They beat Bogue Chitto, one of the top teams in our district, 11-1. They’ve got a lot of their starters back.&uot;
The Green Wave will likely be without the services of top starter Chris Norris, and Beesley will go with Te Riley on the mound.
&uot;Chris still has a sore shoulder,&uot; Beesley said. &uot;He probably has two more weeks before he can pitch. Te has a fastball, curveball and a slider. He’s the hardest thrower we have.&uot;