Blackman and Siegel seniors celebrated their proms Friday night.
Tonight, the two Murfreesboro baseball squads will participate in their biggest game of the season.
The Stars play at Blackman at 6 p.m. today to open their final District 7-AAA two-game series of the season. The second game will be played at 6 p.m. Sunday — up one day from originally scheduled due to potential rain on Monday.
Either team can finish with a share of the District 7-AAA with Riverdale if it can pull a sweep of their opponent.
“Everybody knows what is at stake here,” Blackman coach Justin Entreken said. “We’re definitely happy to be in this spot and be able to play in a game with this much meaning to it.
“Everybody will be jazzed up for it, including the coaching staff.”
Both Blackman (17-13 overall, 7-3 in 7-AAA) or Siegel (23-6, 7-3) would be the top seed for next weekend’s District 7-AAA tournament with a sweep unless La Vergne swept Oakland. In that scenario, Riverdale would be the No. 1 seed since it is the only one of the three that swept the Wolverines.
However, a Blackman or Siegel sweep would also mean there would be no Region 4-AAA berth awarded to the top seed since there would be no outright district champion.
Riverdale (21-9, 9-3) will be the outright champion and receive the region berth if the Blaze and Stars split their series.
“Our focus right now is let’s try to take care of (today),” Entrekin said. “But it would definitely make for an exciting district tournament with two spots open for the region.”
Siegel coach Craig Reavis said he and his team have looked at scenarios over the past couple of days.
“The top seed is huge in this tournament,” Reavis said. “Riverdale is the only one, though, that can win the region berth if neither of us sweep.”
Both coaches said they told their seniors going to prom to enjoy themselves, but be safe.
“Everyone remembers their prom,” Entrekin said. “It is a big night. We just want to make sure they make wise decisions and just remember to give (today) a thought.”
Added Reavis, “We told them to wake up in the morning and get a breakfast, then try to take a nap. “They need to be up by 1 or 2 o’clock so they can be on the field at 3 for batting practice. But also, after the game, they need to get some sleep because sometimes it’s the second day when it really hits you.”
Reavis said he plans to throw MTSU commitment Carson Lester today and Notre Dame commitment Collin Stoecker on Sunday. Entrekin would not say what his plans are for starting pitchers.