By Nathaniel Frazier
OZARK—They had played exactly one inning before the rain came. Each team had gotten one hit, but neither team had scored. Now, the Chattahoochee Valley Pirates and the Alabama Southern Eagles will have to wait another day to see who will be the 2014 ACCC Champion.
That's because after one inning was in the books, the game was delayed. Then after the grounds crew had gotten everything ready to play and was just waiting a little while longer for the field to dry, the rain came again. This time it came down even harder and the field was drenched. So the decision was made to postpone the game until 2 p.m. Thursday.
While it's an inconvenience for fans of both teams, the two coaches say it really doesn't make a difference.
"It doesn't change things one bit," said CVCC coach Adam Thomas. "All it means is we have to wait one more day. I'm not changing my line-up and I'm not changing my starting pitcher."
That's almost exactly what Alabama Southern head coach Daniel Head said."Our guys were ready to play today," Head said. "I'm not going to change my lineup, and I will wait and see what we do about our pitcher. I really hate we didn't get a chance to play today because I felt like we had some momentum."
CVCC started Dalton Rentz, the same pitcher that threw in Friday's game and gave Wallace it's first loss. Alabama Southern started Aaron Hart.
Although neither coach spoke of an advantage or disadvantage, clearly the delay helps Alabama Southern. Even though the Eagles didn't play their first game until Saturday, Alabama Southern has played five games in four days.
On the other hand, CVCC has only played three games in five days. By staying in the winner's bracket, the Pirates did not have to play Saturday or Tuesday.
Whether any of this will matter is yet to be decided. In addition, there is also a chance of rain for Thursday. So the two teams could be facing further delays.
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