By Brandon Speck/NEMS Daily Journal
Four area baseball teams are trying to punch tickets to next week’s Mississippi High School Activities Association state baseball championships.
Friday’s rain put a temporary hold on those goals.
All three series were postponed by rain – a lot of it – and rearranged to finish by Monday. Championship series are scheduled to begin Wednesday at Trustmark Park in Pearl.
Defending North champion Kossuth dropped the opener of its Class 3A North final series at Independence Thursday. Game 2 was rescheduled for today at 6 p.m. at Kossuth.
Game 3, if necessary, is scheduled for Sunday at Independence.
“Were going to go with the same thing we were going to go with,” Kossuth coach Daniel Threadgill said. “It doesn’t change anything.”
It may not change much as far as game-planning today, but MHSAA associate director Ricky Neaves said it could have a big effect come Wednesday as the championship series open.
Pitchers are limited to 17 innings of work during the Sunday through Saturday week. Innings beginning Sunday would count against use in Pearl.
“Some of the baseball playoffs have been hampered by rain. We’d like to have the series finished even if we have to play a double-header (today),” Neaves said.
Tupelo Christian moved Game 2 of its Class 1A series to 2 p.m. today at home. Greenville St. Joe took the opener at home on Thursday. A possible Game 3 is scheduled for Monday.
In Class 2A, East Union and Baldwyn had already moved that series once to accommodate Baldwyn graduation. The two will now play a doubleheader today beginning at 1 p.m. at Baldwyn. East Union won Game 1.