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Heritage softball weekend washed out

The Heritage softball team was hoping to take its shut out victory against Rockdale in the season opener Wednesday and use it as momentum this past weekend at the Mill Creek Tournament. The Patriots never got that chance.

Poor playing conditions forced Heritage to have all four of its games postponed in the Mill Creek Tournament in Hoschton. Heritage (1-0) was scheduled to play Collins Hill and South Forsyth Friday and Dacula and Mountain View Saturday at the West Jackson Softball Complex, but rained forced the postponement of all games at the complex and at Mill Creek High School. Games at North Gwinnett were played as scheduled.

Patriots’ coach Jason McBay said he will try and reschedule all four teams at some point this season.

“Four open dates, I don’t want to just let them go by the wayside,” said McBay. “We’re going to try and reschedule those four teams throughout the year, if they’re willing if we can come to an agreement. (If not)I’m sure throughout the state there’s other teams we might play. We’ve tried to schedule a little bit tougher competition just to get battle tested, it’s kind of why I wanted to go up (to the Mill Creek Tournament). Collins Hill would’ve been a great game, I was really looking forward to playing those guys.”

Heritage will get into Region 8-AAAAA play starting this week. The Patriots travel to Hall County to play 4-1 Flowery Branch tonight at 5:55 p.m., then host Clarke Central Thursday at 6:15 p.m.

“Flowery Branch is off to an unbelievably good start. I think they pretty much (have) the nucleus of their team back,” McBay said. “They’re going to be a contender for top three in the region again.”