Myrtle coach Robert Gordon and Amory coach Chad Williams both agree the 11-day delay between state semifinals and today’s start of the MHSAA state tournament in Pearl will likely affect hitters the most.
“We were in a groove, seeing the baseball well,” said Williams. “The 11-day layoff will slow your bats down a little.”
Said Gordon, “A few days off would have been fine, but 10 to 11 days is a long time to wait. Not seeing any live pitching is the biggest thing.”
The reason for the delay was a scheduling conflict at the ballpark, home of the Double-A Mississippi Braves. The MHSAA had planned for its six classes to play their best-of-three series May 18-22, but the Braves had a homestand scheduled.
The result: a long break.
“I don’t like it,” Gordan said. “If you had some injuries it would have been ideal. I know it’s been a long time, right when you feel you had a little momentum going.”
The delay also caused other scheduling problems.
Amory’s playing the early game today because it graduates tonight.
Myrtle’s graduation is scheduled for Friday night. That’s why the third game in the series, if needed, would be played at 10 a.m. that day.
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