North Gwinnett and Parkview will have to wait a day for their Class AAAAAAA state baseball semifinal series.
An issue with the irrigation system at North’s McDaniel Field sometime overnight Monday into Tuesday morning left field conditions unplayable for Tuesday’s scheduled doubleheader.
Instead, the Bulldogs (31-6) and Panthers (32-4) will square off in their doubleheader Wednesday beginning at 4:30 p.m., with a third and deciding game, if necessary, moved to Thursday.
“It’s a weird day for it to happen, but it’s nobody’s fault,” North coach Ryan Moity said. “We’ll get the field back dry. For us being in a routine and for the comfort level, we have our pre-series preparation … and you have a plan, and the kids are obviously anxious and ready to go. It’ll be an adjustment for sure, but that’s part of it. There’s nothing we can do.
“(Parkview coach) Chan (Brown) and (his staff) came over here to check it out and we made the decision all together that it was too important of a (series) to play on a really wet field.”
Indeed, Brown agreed with Moity’s assessment of the field, as well that the postponement will be an adjustment for both teams.
And he also pointed out that the winner of the series will have another adjustment to make in preparation for the state championship series that it scheduled to begin May 20 at SunTrust Park.
“It’ll take people out of their routines,” Brown said. “My biggest worry is that the GHSA will not move the championship (series) back at all. So now the pitchers have one less day of rest and everything else, whoever does win. It is what it is.”