Apollo coach Mason Head was heading to his car a little after 6 p.m. Saturday, with the 3rd Region Baseball Tournament opener pushed back to 8:30 p.m. and then completely postponed due to rain and violent thunderstorms that had occurred in the region for a good part of the afternoon.
Apollo and Ohio County meet Sunday at 2 p.m. Breckinridge County and Edmonson County will play at 5 p.m. Both games will take place at Eagle Park.
The first games on the other side of the table were played on Saturday, with Meade County and Owensboro Catholic advancing to Monday’s semifinals.
Head didn’t think moving the game back a day would impact his team.
“It’s baseball, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes it rains,” Head said. “We’re on summer vacation now, we need to reset, get out on Sunday and be ready to go.”
Head believed Apollo was mentally ready for Saturday’s opener. His coaching staff was on the pitch working there early for four games, and later in the day the Apollo players joined them in putting the tarp on the pitch when the rain shifted.
“I think they’re ready which is why I hate that it rained but at the same time it was a long day so maybe it was for the best,” Head said. “I thought we were going to play tonight, I sent the guys out to get some food and 20 minutes after I sent them off we had to put the tarp on the pitch.”
Players from Breckinridge and Edmonson both helped with the tarp, which Head appreciated.
Ohio County coach Ben Everley thought there was a good chance their game would be called off, based on the weather forecast, and the Eagles tried to prepare accordingly. They didn’t make the trip to Owensboro.
“It was something we were prepared for,” Everley said. “It gives everyone another day off, we try to see it from a positive perspective. With the throwing, looking further into the tournament, the league game is still scheduled for the same day ( Wednesday.) Whoever pitched on Saturday would have had more time to prepare for the championship game if we had gone this far.
Everley also thought his team was ready to play on Saturday.
“We stuck to our original schedule,” Everley said. “We had batting practices and it went really well for us. Hopefully we can stick to it and move on (Sunday). »