Rain could halt AC-Prep series; others get washed

Published 12:00 am Saturday, April 17, 2004

NATCHEZ &045; If it’s stopped raining by now, that’s a good sign.

But maybe not good enough.

It may take a good wind and some sunshine to make fields in the Miss-Lou playable today, and that’s what folks at Adams Christian are really hoping for as the Rebels are scheduled to open a huge series today with Jackson Prep.

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Showers soaked the area Monday and washed out all the action, and it may take today’s games as well.

&uot;It’s definitely not going to be hot (today), and sun and wind is what’s going to dry it out,&uot; Adams head coach Gill Morris said. &uot;If we can wake up in the morning and get a north wind blowing steady, it could dry it out without getting any sun. My field drains real well, but I went out at 10 o’clock in the morning and walked the field, and it was real soggy.&uot;

If conditions are not playable today, Morris said the single game of the three-game set may get moved back to Friday. The two teams are scheduled to play a doubleheader at Prep Thursday, and playing Wednesday was out of the question due to the statewide science fair.

The only thing that’s certain is the three games must get in this week. The Rebels, already owners of a playoff spot, can move up with a sweep of Prep or taking two of three and hoping Prep loses at least one to Parklane next week.

The series will end the District 2-AAA season for the Rebels.

&uot;I feel a lot better about it this year than I did last year,&uot; Morris said. &uot;They’ve got a heck of a ball club, particularly pitching. They guy they throw No. 2 is undefeated, and JoJo Tann bats third. They run the bases very well. We’ll have to play ball, but we’re looking forward to it.

&uot;There’s a lot more pressure on them than there is us. They’re looking at possibly instead of a No. 2 seed behind Central Private they could possibly be a No. 4 seed. This series and the one they’ve got next week with Parklane are huge. We’ll try to play spoiler.&uot;

The Rebels (17-6, 10-5 in 2-AAA) come into the series playing some of its best ball of the year after taking sweeps of Lamar and Copiah to clinch their first playoff spot since 2001. If they finish as the No. 4 seed, they could draw Jackson Academy in the first round of the playoffs.

The Raiders are in good shape in District 1-AAA, but three others are still in the mix &045; MRA, Magnolia Heights and even Washington School.

But the biggest games are this week, and they’re ones the Rebels like their chances. Morris said a sweep would enable his club to reach the 20-win plateau, the magic number for any team to have a successful season.

It’ll also shove their success in the face of the preseason poll that excluded the Rebels but had a number of others from 2-AAA.

&uot;If we get after it, we can sweep &045; but we’re going to have to play,&uot; Morris said. &uot;It’s just that simple. We’ve got our goals, and we’ve reached two of them. We made one of our goals that we play six of those (ranked) teams, and we’re going to beat every one of them. We may not win the series, but we’ll beat them one game.

&uot;The kids are focused. I think it’s going to be a heck of a series.&uot;

Natchez High at Cathedral

NATCHEZ &045; Monday’s storms kept these two city schools from playing each other a third time on the diamond, and Cathedral head coach Craig Beesley said the game may not get rescheduled.

Both team will wind down the regular season this week, but it’s technically still up in the air. The Green Wave hosts Vidalia Thursday, play two games Saturday at Brookhaven and play a make-up game at Bogue Chitto Monday.

The Bulldogs end the season Tuesday at

home against Brandon.

Vidalia at Crowville

VIDALIA, La. &045; The Vikings were all set to board the bus and head to Franklin Parish for the District 4-2A opener Monday when CHS head coach Jimmy Comeaux called and blamed it on the rain.

Both teams will try again today.

Forest at Monterey

MONTEREY, La. &045; The Wolves open the second round of District 3-B play today against Forest, but don’t hold your breath on it.

The rain Monday will likely put a damper on that today, and it’s up to the two schools to figure out a date to reschedule.

&uot;Right now I don’t see any way in the world we’ll be able to play,&uot; Monterey head coach Hank Zizzi said. &uot;I just don’t see it. But you just never know.&uot;