First Posted: 5/28/2009
PILOT MOUNTAIN East Surry softball coach Derrick Hill was headed to dinner Thursday evening knowing hed rather be on a softball diamond.
After the Cardinals playoff game against the visiting South Stanly Rowdy Rebel Bulls was halted at 0-0 in the fourth inning Tuesday night due to rain, Hill and his team was dealing with a second straight day of postponement because of continuing showers.
Hill was even forced to contact the Rowdy Rebel Bulls as they were on their way to Pilot Mountain after torrential late afternoon downpour dumped more rain on the area, making the team turn around and head back home.
Its just kind of been a mess and it still remains a mess, Hill said Thursday. And with all the rain we had today there is no guarantee that I can get the field ready by 5 p.m. tomorrow and if it rains tomorrow, we might have a problem.
With Thursdays rain the game has once again tentatively been rescheduled for today at 5 p.m. in Pilot Mountain.
Should the Cardinals pull off the win, they will face North Moore Saturday in Pilot Mountain at 7 p.m.
The Cardinals and the Rowdy Rebel Bulls had played to a scoreless tie heading into the top of the fifth inning.
Hill said with the layoff the Cards have been able to work on some issues they discovered during the first four innings of Tuesdays play.
Weve been in the field house doing some drills, hitting off the machine, Hill said. The rise ball gave us trouble the other night so weve been working on that. We gave them today off because we felt like yesterday they were ready to go today and we didnt want to mess with that.
Hill said South Stanly will send its one-two and three hitters to the plate when play resumes, with the Cards sitting near the bottom of the order.
Easts coach hopes his team gets off to a quick start, shuts down the top of the South Stanly order and pick up some runs of its own.
He said the key is for the Cardinals to be heady at the plate.
Their pitcher is good and we struggled, Hill said of Tuesdays four innings. Hopefully we can adjust to what she is trying to do to us, lay off the rise ball and make her put it down and throw strikes. Shes good and we knew she was good, but I think we are just as good.
If East dispatches South Stanly today (or whenever the two teams meet), North Moore will be all that stands in the way of the Cardinals and another trip to Cary and the softball state finals next weekend.
With such a quick turnaround between Friday and Saturday, Hill said he would prefer to play sometime at the first of next week, but that the NCHSAA has set the time of the game.
Should rain pop-up again however, Hill may get his wish.
Hill said other options for finishing the South Stanly game have been tossed around between the two schools but that trying to organize a game not at the normal NCHSAA dictated time and around the schedules and practices of two separate schools and school systems, is nearly impossible.
Hill said bottom line, he and his squad want nothing more than to take the field.
I want to play and my kids want to play, he said. Its frustrating for me and I know its frustrating for them as well.