Mother Nature has again hampered Brookwood’s baseball schedule.
The Warriors were slated to open a best-of-three second round series of the GISA AAA Tournament with a doubleheader Thursday against Stratford, but were forced to postpone the game to Saturday due to heavy rain in Macon, where the school is located.
Brookwood coach Ken Johnson said he coordinated with Stratford coach Chance Reynolds at 9 a.m. this morning to confirm the cancelation – just 15 minutes before the Warriors loaded the bus.
“It was just one of those things that we can’t control,” Johnson said in reference to the sixth game this season that was postponed or canceled due to rain. “We figured it would be best to just push it back instead of worrying about playing on a muddy field.”
Saturday’s 11 a.m. contest would have been the rubber game in the best-of-three series had the teams split on Thursday. Now, it will serve as Game 1, with Game 2 moving to Monday at 3:30 p.m. Game 3, if needed, will follow.
The forecast calls for just a 10 percent chance of rain on both Saturday and Monday.
The delay threw another wrench into the Warriors’ already busy schedule this week. The team is in the midst of final exams, the baccalaureate ceremony on Friday and graduation on Saturday.
Yet that didn’t hinder Brookwood from conducting a one hour batting session on Thursday, which featured right and left handed pitching to prepare for Stratford’s top two aces.
“We took cuts from both sides to make sure our guys were getting good reads on what they could see,” Johnson said.
The Warriors will travel to Perry, just 30 miles south of Stratford’s campus, on Friday after the baccalaureate, and return after the game to be in line for graduation at 6:30 p.m.
Brookwood wraps its spring school session next Wednesday, so should the Warriors advance to the third round, there wouldn’t be any academic obligations on their plates.
“We’re looking forward to that,” Johnson said. “We hope to keep playing.”