Area teams shake off rain delays
Published 12:00 am Monday, March 14, 2011
NATCHEZ — Rain caused trouble for several of the Miss-Lou baseball teams this past week, forcing many teams to cancel or postpone games. Along with scheduling issues the bad weather also caused long layoffs for teams in the area.
A bit of rust accumulated for some teams, while others did not seem to be affected at all.
Adams County Christian School went nine days without playing a game but had no trouble cruising past Wilkinson County Christian Academy in a weekend series.
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“(The layoff) affected us really at the plate, we hadn’t seen live pitching, and you have to be able to see (live pitching to stay in rhythm),” ACCS head coach Hunter McKeivier said.
If the long layoff hurt the ACCS offense then they must have recovered quickly. The Rebels crushed WCCA in a three-game series, this past weekend. ACCS scored 15 runs in games one and two and 17 in game three.
The longest period between games goes to Cathedral, who had not played a game since March 1 before their two wins against Jena and Vidalia in the Vidalia tournament Saturday.
“We looked mentally unprepared for the first game (Saturday) and made a few small mistakes and didn’t play sharp,” Green Wave coach Craig Beesley said.
The Green Wave fell behind in their first game back against Jena, but came back, with help from a five-run sixth inning to win by one.
Cathedral has a lot of new starters this year and they are working on improving, Beesley said.
Vidalia also went nine days without playing a game and that was compounded by a week of spring break before the rains came.
“We were mentally affected more than anything,” Vikings coach Tim Herndon said. “We practiced some, but did not get a chance to play. We got out of our routine and were mentally out of it.”
Vidalia lost both of their games in their home tournament Saturday. One was a 16-5 loss to Cathedral, and the other a tight game with Jena that the Vikings lost 12-10.
Vidalia’s pitching was the main problem in the two games and the long layoff could have hurt the pitchers’ performance, Herndon said.
WCCA seemed to be the only school that did not have much trouble with the weather this past week, but they might have wanted a bit of rain Thursday and Friday night against ACCS.
The Rams were out-matched against the Rebels but head coach Ray McDaniel said he saw some things that his team could take away from the losses.
“We are improving defensively and we have come a long way from the beginning of the year,” McDaniel said.
“We are just trying to build for the future.”