The path to next week’s BlueCross Spring Fling was muddied Friday afternoon.
Rain washed out one baseball and one softball sectional, jumbling up the weekend as teams attempt to clear the final hurdle and qualify for the state tournament.
Riverdale’s home baseball sectional with Ooltewah, Smyrna’s home softball sectional at Soddy-Daisy and Riverdale’s softball sectional at Coffee County were postponed and moved to later dates due to rain.
Riverdale will now host the Owls at 6 p.m. Saturday at Jones Field. Riverdale softball will play at 7 p.m. Saturday at Coffee County.
Smyrna will host the Lady Trojans on Sunday. A time had not been set Friday afternoon.
Those three postponements made a heavy night of prep sports even more crowded as county teams attempt to punch their ticket to Spring Fling, an Olympic-style sport featuring the TSSAA’s five spring sport state tournaments.
Matthew Gillespie, a TSSAA assistant executive director, said the TSSAA asks that teams get their sectionals completed as soon as possible, but understands that weather could hamper that.
“We’re flexible because of the weather, which is out of everybody’s control,” Gillespie said. “With everything rained out (Friday) and the forecast being touch and go for (today), if games are played Sunday, then it’s played Sunday.”
Smyrna’s soccer team will attempt to clinch its first state tournament appearance since 2003 on Saturday, while North Rutherford rival La Vergne tries to reach state for the first time since 2010.
Smyrna, which won the Region 4-AAA championship, hosts Coffee County at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at its soccer field. La Vergne plays at Cookeville, the Region 3-AAA champion, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday
“Getting a home sectional game means a lot to these guys,” Smyrna coach Brian Grogan said. “It means a lot to the community. It’s important for the younger kids to see that Smyrna soccer is still around.
“The guys want to finish up on this field successful.”
Smyrna has nine players and two managers graduating at 7 p.m. Saturday. That could make today one to remember.
“That’s going to be in my talk to them,” Grogan said. “We want to start it right and carry it over to (graduation).”
Also playing will be Central Magnet baseball. The Tigers play at Sequoyah at 1 p.m. (CT) Saturday in a Class AA sectional as Central attempts to get in its first state baseball tournament.