Monday a wash; area teams hope to dodge weather today
Published 12:00 am Monday, March 17, 2003
The prep baseball season is approaching the halfway point, and the most consistent thing so far has been the weather.
All rain seemingly all the time.
Rain washed out Monday’s schedule and is a threat to do the same today with rain in the forecast throughout the Miss-Lou. District schedules resume today if the weather would just cooperate.
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Games scheduled for today include ACCS at Parklane, Amite School Center at Huntington, Trinity at WCCA and Presbyterian Christian at Centreville. Softball games include Block at Vidalia and Monterey at Forest.
&uot;We’re still on for now,&uot; Huntington coach Michael McAnally said. &uot;We’ll have to play it by ear. We’ll have to have a good day of sunshine to get the field ready. It’s soaked and saturated. We hit in the cage and threw in the gym today. That’s about it. We’re kind of like everybody else &045; at the mercy of the weather.&uot;
The weather sacked everything Monday, including the rematch of Saturday night’s battle between Cathedral and Vidalia. The Hounds also had their game at Centreville rained out, as did Monterey in its games against Rayville at home and Trinity in its game at Riverfield.
The games today, however, mean plenty more as district play resumes for some and begins for others. ACCS has opted to play just a varsity game today at No. 8 Parklane, and getting one in would be a good thing.
Not only do the Rebels need to get back on the field, they could use a win as District 2-AAA resumes after they dropped all three to Central Private last week.
&uot;They have a tarp over there,&uot; ACCS head coach Gill Morris said. &uot;They played Hillcrest &045; who is ranked No. 1 &045; the same week we played Central Private. They’ve got a pitcher who one-hit Hillcrest, but Hillcrest beat them 2-0. They have probably the best baserunning team we’ll see. They’re very, very disciplined. They’ll play good defense.
&uot;I don’t think they’ve got the team they had last year or two years ago, but they’re not ranked No. 8 for nothing.&uot;
That was Parklane starter Rusty Rayburn who one-hit Hillcrest, and the Rebels may see him once this week with a doubleheader scheduled for Friday in Natchez. The Rebels had trouble at times swinging the bats consistently against Central Private but answered Friday by touching up Amite School Center ace Robert Young in a 10-3 win Friday.
ACCS will go with left-hander Glenn Williams on the mound today and possibly Douglas Davis and Tim Foster on Friday.
&uot;We’re capable of putting the ball in play,&uot; Morris said. &uot;We worked out yesterday, and I told the kids that. They know what we’ve got to do. Our luck of the draw is about as bad as it could be. We’ve got three ranked teams in our district, and we face all three in March. We’ve got to make some things happen.&uot;
The Hounds, meanwhile, open district today against Amite School Center, last year’s defending champs who were a notch better than the rest of the district.
Others in District 7-1A have begun league play, but the Hounds come in after dropping contests to ACCS, Centreville and Brookhaven &045; all bigger schools &045; before starting league play.
Will Moak may get the nod on the mound for the Hounds against an Amite team that is sure to put the ball in play.
&uot;If we throw strikes and put the ball in play, we’ll give ourselves a chance,&uot; McAnally said. &uot;We’ve gotten off to a slow start, but in district we’re 0-0. We may be a team that has to pitch by committee each night. We’re still trying to feel out our pitching staff.
&uot;One thing we’ve really put an emphasis on making contact and cutting down our strikeouts. Hopefully we can do that (today).&uot;