Rain wreaks havoc on late prep season

By Jessie H. Nunery

Sports Editor

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Important late-season games and the opening round of the state playoffs were all put on hold Tuesday afternoon because of severe weather in the Twin Counties.

Despite moving the game’s first pitch up by three hours, action was reduced to just two scoreless innings between Southern Nash’s and Rocky Mount High’s baseball teams before heavy rains and the threat of tornadoes ended the day of play. The Firebirds and Gryphons will play the continuation of their suspended game at 5 p.m. Monday.

“We have to put everybody in the exact same spot,” Gryphons coach Kent Cox said of the game that will begin in the top of the third inning with Will Edwards on the mound when play resumes. “I hate for our seniors that (Tuesday was) their senior night, and it is raining. We did all we can to try and get it in.”

Just down the road, Faith Christian’s visit to Rocky Mount Academy for an anticipated conference matchup turned into a quick waiting game. The two squads were pulled off the field approximately 20 minutes before the scheduled 5 p.m. first pitch.

The decision was made to postpone the game until Saturday.

Faith Christian leads the EPIC standings, and it is the only conference team to defeat RMA – a 11-3 victory April 3. The teams have games scheduled for later this week, and the league mandates that all regular-season games be completed by Saturday.

“We’ll do our best to get it in this week,” Patriots coach Greg Clifton said.

Southern Nash’s boys’ tennis team, which finished 9-1 in Big East play to win the league’s championship, was scheduled to open NCHSAA 3-A state playoffs action against Western Alamance, but the match has been postponed until 4 p.m. today.

Firebirds coach Brad Joyner said his team was able to have a short practice Tuesday afternoon before rain ended the session.

“It makes it a challenge to get yourself ready,” Joyner said of the uncertainty of when his team will play. “You have to regroup and get yourself ready for the next time.”

Nash-Rocky Mount Schools made the decision to postpone all evening sports events shortly after 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Today’s action also is uncertain with the National Weather Service forecasting rain and severe storm warnings.