Legion Baseball: Weather creating chaos in Area III playoffs
Baseball and rain do not mix well. The endless rescheduling of playoff games is proof of that.
High Point is locked into a 1-1 battle in their best-of-five divisional series with Kernersville. A decisive fifth game could have been played Friday if needed, but torrential downpours throughout the week have stalled the series. Now, with only today remaining before the next round begins Sunday, there remains plenty of uncertainty as to who will advance and how.
“It is out of our hands and when it comes to stuff like this you cannot let it get to you,” said Post 87 coach Rob Shore. “It’s frustrating, but we just have to go with the flow. I do not remember a summer or schedule that has been impacted like this by the rain.”
Post 87 players are taking the weather postponements in stride. One jokingly took to Twitter and suggested finishing the season with HT Authentic life jackets.
The Junior HiToms benefited from the rain last week, having its series with Burlington reduced to three games, despite 4 1/3 being played. Game 3 was to be played Friday night in Kernersville, with the final two games shifting to Finch Field today starting at noon. If Friday’s game is washed out, the best-of-five format will be tossed.
“Game 3 could be huge whenever we play it,” said Shore Friday afternoon. “There is a 50-60 percent chance of rain Saturday and if we cannot get the whole series in, it will go back to a best-of-three.”
There is one other scenario that can take shape and it would be devastating news for Post 87.
“If we cannot get a third game in then it would go back to the first game and Kernersville won that,” Shore said. “They have lost three games this year to us but they will not look back at that. You look back to the first game of the series.”
But if baseball is to be played, the HiToms will have their hands full with Post 36.
“Kernersville is a disciplined team and have always had good baseball players, said Shore. “The top four or five in the lineup have always been big-time hitters and there is no shortage of that this year. Shane Billings is a stud in the leadoff spot and then you have Zach Scudder in the four-hole. We have an opportunity to move on to the next round and it will be difficult. Every year it seems like we have the most difficult road to the state championship.”