For the second straight weekend, several Northeast Mississippi high school coaches had to spend a Saturday figuring out when their teams will continue playoff series.
Perhaps the biggest headache of the weekend belongs to the coaches in the MHSAA Class 1A best-of-3 semifinal series between Ingomar and West Union. With the series tied at a game apiece, Game 3 at West Union High School was set to be played at 3 p.m. on Saturday.
However, due to a very wet field, Game 3 was postponed until Monday and that game could be played a neutral site if the Eagles’ field conditions do not improve.
“It’s pretty bad right now,” said West Union head coach Ashley Russell. “It’s possible it could be moved to a neutral site – wherever we could find an open field.
“It’s not going to be at Ingomar. It’s going to be at a neutral site.”
The New Albany Sportsplex’s Legion Field, where New Albany High School plays its games, won’t be a possibility for Game 3 because it is in the process of being renovated for this summer’s Cotton States Baseball League.
Neither will the diamond at another Union County high school, Myrtle; Hawks’ coach Robert Gordon, who was with Russell on Saturday afternoon, said his field was too wet.
Another concern that needs to be addressed once the site of Game 3 is determined is what time the two teams should play.
“With the chance of more rain coming in on Monday, we are going to play as soon as we can,” Russell said. “The time is going to be depending upon where we play.”
Ingomar coach Andy Wilbanks didn’t return a call left by the Daily Journal on Saturday.
The other area series postponed on Saturday was the Class 3A semifinals between Mooreville and South Pontotoc. The deciding Game 3 was to be played at South Pontotoc on Saturday.
However, with heavy rain on Saturday morning, both teams then entertained thoughts of playing Saturday night at 7, but the Cougars’ field was simply too wet to play on.
“There was two inches of rain all around the field,” said South Pontotoc head coach Bryan Buckner.
Mooreville coach Rex Berryman said his team wanted to play on Saturday and an extra day of rest wasn’t going to help his team’s chances of making it to the championship series outside of Jackson. Furthermore, Berryman suggested that Saturday’s postponement would only diminish the semifinal winner’s time to rest up and prepare for the state championship series.
“It doesn’t help us any,” Berryman said. “You gotta figure that if you win Monday, you gotta then turn around and play Thursday in Jackson.”
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