Wet field postpones Cathedral’s playoff game

Published 12:37 am Sunday, May 4, 2008

NATCHEZ — After taking a dramatic come-from-behind victory in Game 1 of the Class 1A South State semifinals over Stringer on Friday, the Cathedral Green Wave were looking forward to wrapping the series up on the road Saturday afternoon.

Unfortunately, the weather, or at least a wet field, had other ideas.

Despite the sunny skies in Natchez all day Saturday, a storm that blew threw Jasper County Saturday morning rendered the playing field unplayable, and Stringer coach Tommy Perkins phoned Cathedral coach Craig Beesley this morning to let him know the game would have to be postponed.

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Game 2 of the series will now be played at 6 p.m. Monday in Stringer with an if-necessary Game 3 to take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Chester Willis Field in Natchez.

Beesley was a little suspicious when Perkins called him to let him know the game would be postponed, thinking that perhaps Stringer was just trying to buy some time to rest their star pitcher Andrew Pierce, who threw 132 pitches in Friday’s game.

“I felt bad when he called me this morning to let me know it had been postponed,” Beesley said. “But then I looked on the Internet and saw that towns about 15 or 20 minutes away had postponed their games as well, so I felt better about it.”

While Beesley feels certain Pierce will pitch for Stringer on Monday, he will stick with his plan of starting either Daniel Jenkins or Dylan White with Friday’s starter Preston Edwards ready to go Tuesday if necessary.

“I’m hoping we can wrap it up Monday so we can keep our pitching rotation set for the South State Finals,” Beesley said.

Beesley said he hopes that Saturday’s postponement doesn’t take away from the momentum the Green Wave had following Friday’s win.

“We were really looking forward to going up there Saturday and playing a good game,” Beesley said. “I think we had the momentum after scoring those three runs in the sixth inning Friday to win. But we still have to win whether we play Saturday or Monday.”