CONYERS - After Thursday's rainout, Salem baseball coach Chris Davis has no idea what to expect in today's third-and-deciding game of the Class AAAA second-round playoff series against East Paulding.
The game is set for 6 p.m. in Dallas.
The Seminoles (25-5) opened the series with a 5-4 victory in Game 1, but the No. 1-ranked Raiders (26-4) tied it with an 8-2 victory in Game 2.
Now the squads will square off in a winner-take-all Game 3. At stake is a trip to the Class AAAA quarterfinals to face Lee County Tuesday in Leesburg.
"I don't know what effect the rain out will have," Davis said. "I think it allows us to rest some. We used up a lot of energy in the first two games Wednesday night. I just don't know what it means for the series. I don't feel like it was a bad thing for us."
One thing the rainout does is give the teams more pitching options. Some of the pitchers that saw action Wednesday might be available today.
However, Salem could have the pitching advantage going into Game 3. Junior Brandon Crumbley is slated to get the start on the mound for the Seminoles, which was Davis' plan from the start.
"I guess the No. 1 issue comes down to what does it do for the pitchers that might be able to come back and pitch again," Davis said. "I think the possibility of someone pitching Wednesday and coming back and pitching again Friday is out there. We've got Crumbley going, it's his game. The rainout provides you with some pitching options, but it's definitely last-resort type options."
On the other hand, Davis is not sure how the rainout will affect East Paulding's plans. The Raiders have relied on starters Zack Wheeler and Adam Hall all season.
"You really don't know how they're (the Raiders) going to react. They lived and died all season with the two guys they pitched against us in the doubleheader on Wednesday," Davis said. "We've pitched four guys all year long, so it really doesn't concern us going into the game because we developed some depth. But I have no idea what it's going to do to them."
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