TARBORO – With the obvious, impending rain storm Thursday, Tarboro baseball coach Justin Smith hoped to play at least three games.
Turns out, that’s exactly how many games were played on the second day of the Tarboro Easter Baseball Classic.
The only teams that didn’t play: Tarboro, Smith’s team, and Jefferson Area (Ohio), Smith’s alma mater.
Those two teams will start a five-game day of action at 10 a.m. today.
“They tried to play as much as they could (Thursday),” Smith said. “We really wanted to get the third game in if we could. I really thought the conditions could have called for it to be called.”
But once Merry Hill Lawrence Academy edged Bunn, 9-8, in the first semifinal, the decision was made. The Tarboro Vikings rushed the field, tarp in hand, hoping to preserve the field that had been rained on for nearly the entire day.
Following Tarboro’s semifinal matchup with Jefferson Area, play will conclude in the losers’ bracket.
St. Maria Goretti, which Tarboro rallied back to defeat Wednesday, lost again Thursday and will face Timber Creek.
SouthWest Edgecombe and Jefferson Forest both bounced back from Day One losses to win Thursday. Those two teams will play at approximately 3 p.m.
Then the third-place and championship games will be decided, both will include one team that will have played already today.
“It could be an advantage because you’re used to playing, or it could be a disadvantage because you get a little bit tired,” Smith said. “These are young kids, they should be able to bounce back really quickly. ... You should have plenty of time to rest, recover and get ready to play.
“I really don’t foresee any difficulties.”
Barring a monsoon, Smith expects the championship to be decided tonight.
“It’ll get played (today). ... If it’s at all possible, we’ll play (today),” Smith said.
Justin Hite can be reached at 407-9951 or firstname.lastname@example.org