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Baseball sectionals return today after long down time

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The game of hurry up and wait finally figures to be over for several area baseball teams.

Four sectionals left hanging from last week's rainy weather are scheduled to resume today, including a pair of Class AAA matchups:

  • George Washington (21-11) visits South Charleston (15-13) at 6 p.m. in the third and deciding game of Region 3 Section 3;
  • St. Albans (21-10) hosts Logan (19-9) at 6:30 in a winner-take-all finale to Region 4 Section 2;
  • Herbert Hoover (26-3) visits Clay County (19-12) at 6 p.m. in the continuation of AA Region 4 Section 1;
  • Chapmanville (21-8) welcomes neighboring rival Scott (17-14) in the second game of AA Region 4 Section 3 with the Skyhawks leading the best-of-three series 1-0.
  • Hoover can wrap up its sectional championship by beating the host Panthers today, but a loss in the double-elimination event would mean a decisive game on Friday.

    Huskies coach Brian Young would just as soon get a victory and move on to the regionals, which begin Tuesday. Hoover or Clay will host Sissonville in the regional semifinals. An extra day of rest would allow Hoover to get its pitching plans in order for the regionals.

    "We'd like to wrap it up as soon as possible and not push it any further,'' Young said, "but you do what you have to do. If it takes an extra game, it takes an extra game. We'll see what happens. You never really can count your chickens until they hatch.''

    Young said this week's dry, sunny weather has given his coaching staff an assist in keeping the players' attention fixed on what's at stake. Because of recent rains and the Westest break, the Huskies have played only two games over the last 12 days.

    "They've been pretty good,'' Young said of his players. "They're excited about it. They know they've got the chance to play in some big games.

    "We've been trying to keep it a little more interesting, having an intrasquad scrimmage and pitching to each other. They're just excited to actually get outside, and that makes it a little bit easier. If we were inside, it'd be a different story.''

    The forecast for today doesn't look all that inviting, however, as there's a 60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.

    Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickryan@wvgazette.com.

     


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