The inclement weather that has come to roost over the Pine Belt — and much of the southern half of the state — is causing more than its share of scheduling headaches.
The second round of the MHSAA baseball playoffs is set to begin today, but several local teams have opted to postpone the start of their three-game series. However, others have crossed their fingers in hopes the weather clears and they can play their games as scheduled.
Oak Grove, Sumrall, Purvis and Richton each decided Wednesday to play the first games of their respective series on Friday, the second games on Saturday, and if necessary, the third games on Monday.
Hattiesburg, Petal, Columbia, and West Marion — as of late Wednesday — still plan to begin their series today.
Hattiesburg head coach Joe Hartfield said he and George County head coach Brandon Davis will decide today if the weather will allow them to play as scheduled.
Oak Grove has also made a few other alterations. Rather than hosting game one at Southern Miss, the Warriors will travel to Ocean Springs at 6:30 p.m. Friday. The second game will is set for 7 p.m. at Purvis, while the third game, if necessary, will be played at Southern Miss at 6 p.m. Monday.
Sumrall will host game one of its series versus Forest at 7 p.m. Friday. Game two will be played at Forest Saturday, while game three, if necessary, will be played back at Sumrall on Monday. Times of games two and three are still to be determined.
Purvis, which was also originally slated to host game one of its series against Germantown, will hit the road for a 6 p.m. game on Friday. Game two is set for 4 p.m. at Purvis, and if a deciding game is necessary, it will be played at Purvis on Monday.
Game one of Richton’s series with Clarkdale will be played at 6 p.m. Friday. Game two is set for 7 p.m. at Richton.
Today’s area schedule, 2B