Staff Photo: John Bohn Providence's Tyler Brown (1) steals third base as Savannah Christian's third baseman Andrew Brodmanm (2) dives for the ball during the fourth inning of a Class A final four baseball playoff game on Tuesday. Brown continued on to score a run on the play, setting the score at 3-1 in favor of Providence.
Already delayed two days, Providence Christian's Class A state baseball championship series with Charlton County in Folkston is on hold at least one more day.
The impending landfall of Tropical Storm Beryl along the Southeast Georgia coast late Sunday or early Monday, and the heavy rain it is forecast to bring, prompted the Georgia High School Association to make the decision Sunday afternoon.
Several possibilities were looked at by the two schools and the GHSA as to when to try again to begin the series, such as postponing play until Friday or perhaps moving the series to a neutral site.
However, the GHSA has opted on a different course of action.
The situation will be re-evaluated on a daily basis by noon, with play scheduled to begin the following day once the weather is determined to be favorable enough.
"It doesn't make much sense with our parents' schedules and our kids' work situation to go down and sit in a hotel room for three or four days and spend money we don't have," Providence coach Adam Cantrell said. "It also doesn't make sense to look five days ahead and say we'll play on Friday, and then what if the weather is fine by Tuesday?
"I wish we could have an understanding that we could play at a neutral site, but that is a solution that won't be looked at."
In the meantime, both teams will now have to deal with uncertainty as to when they will get to play to determine the state championship.
But the Stars (25-11) will also have their bags packed and wait on a phone call to determine if they hit the road each day.
"There's not a whole lot we can do except be ready to play," Cantrell said.
Like the other classifications, the series was originally scheduled to begin Saturday, but was pushed back by mutual consent of the two teams due to Providence's graduation ceremony being scheduled for the same day, as well as the extra expense the school would have to lay out if the two teams split and the series pushed to Monday.