Heritage, Rockdale move baseball game to Wednesday

CONYERS -- The baseball teams from Heritage and Rockdale waited one more day to renew their rivalry. The scheduled non-region game at Rockdale was moved from Tuesday because of frigid conditions in the Conyers area and the crosstown rivals will play tonight at 5:30 p.m.

"It's just way too cold," Rockdale coach Justin Arrington said. "Us and Heritage, (we) try to get decent conditions to play a good ballgame. (Heritage coach Jason Borcherding) thought it was a good idea, came to an agreement to move it to (Wednesday)."

The host Bulldogs will be trying to end a long losing streak to their county foe. Heritage has won 15 consecutive times in the series, including a two-game sweep of the season series from 2006-2012. The last Rockdale win came April 27, 2005, according to the Citizen archives.

This might be the year for Rockdale to break through. While the Bulldogs have had an up-and -down start to their season, averaging more than seven runs per game but with just a 7-8 record, the young Patriots have slumped.

Heritage lost 10 seniors from last year's state tournament team and it has shown on the scoreboard. The Patriots are 2-10 and have allowed nearly eight runs per game.

"Hope so," Arrington said when asked if this year's team can break the losing streak. "The kids have been playing pretty good ball up until now. If we just keep doing what we've been doing hopefully things will work out."