Busy week ahead for local teams

Published 12:03 pm Monday, March 14, 2011

Now that spring break is over for Warren County’s high schools, it’s time for their baseball teams to go to work.

All four schools will be participating in tournaments this week, making for a busy stretch in which they’ll each play at least five games in as many days. The action starts today when Warren Central and Vicksburg head to Madison Central for the Big Blue tournament, Porters Chapel plays Brookhaven Academy in the Parklane Academy tournament in McComb, and St. Aloysius faces Lake and Nanih Waiya in the Lake tournament.

“We’ve got a tough stretch, but we feel good going into it that we can continue to get it done,” said WC coach Josh Abraham, whose team has won two of its last three heading into today’s game against Terry. The Vikings will play Oak Grove on Tuesday and Olive Branch Wednesday.

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The biggest problem facing all four teams is pitching, or the lack of it. Warren Central is coming off a stretch of three games in as many days and has a key division game against Vicksburg on Friday. In all, the Vikings will play nine games in a 10-day span by the end of the week.

Vicksburg is scheduled to play eight games in nine days and will be without pitcher Cody Waddell, who is nursing a case of tendonitis. Clyde Kendrick, who pitched last Friday against WC, will also be unavailable for mound duty until later in the week.

Vicksburg takes on Madison Central today, followed by Brandon on Tuesday and Terry on Wednesday — all before its rematch with Warren Central.

St. Al used two of its best pitchers, Judson Gatling and Carlisle Koestler, in a doubleheader against Magee on Saturday. Similarly, PCA used aces Montana McDaniel and Matthew Warren to secure a pair of district wins against Russell Christian on Friday and Saturday.

The lack of arms will force all four teams to piece together innings throughout the week, cobbling together enough of a pitching staff to survive the brutal test.

“We’re going to get pretty deep in our pitching,” said PCA coach Jerry Bourne, whose team will play three games at Parklane and five in five days overall. “We’ll be stretching it pretty thin this week. It’s a chance for these other guys to step up and play.”