The weather, however, made sure neither team would get that opportunity. Both games were postponed due to rain and rescheduled.
Bremen will host Providence Christian in Game Three of its Class A series tonight at 5 p.m. Due to Carrollton’s graduation Friday, the Trojans will wrap up their Class AAA series at Dunwoody on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
Carrollton would host Shaw, the No. 2 seed from Region 5-AAA, beginning Tuesday if it wins its series with Dunwoody.
The Blue Devils would make the 3-hour, 30-minute trip to Telfair County, the No. 1 seed from Region 2-A, for the quarterfinals with a victory over Providence Christian tonight.
The unexpected break in between games means the pitching matchups for Game Three might be different than what they would have been had the games been played Thursday as scheduled.
“It’s all up to, obviously, the kids whether they can bounce back,” Carrollton coach Craig George said. “When you throw over 100 pitches, that takes a toll on the arm and you’re not going to obviously have what you would after four days rest.”
Both of Dunwoody’s pitchers - Hudson Randall in the first game and Grant Hillis in the second - pitched complete games Wednesday. Brent Worsham threw the entire game for Carrollton in its 7-1 loss in the opener. Zack Ross started in the Trojans’ 6-5 victory with Luke Walker pitching the final 4.2 innings in relief of Game Two.
George said he doesn’t expect any those three pitchers to take the mound Saturday, but added that Ross and Walker could be available to throw for a limited amount of time if necessary.
“We’ve got other guys and they’ve got to get the job done for us,” said George, who still has Josh Turner, Eric Jay Phillips, Justin Sanders and Alex Smith with fresh arms.
George said Dunwoody coach Tom Bass will likely start his No. 3 starter, Corey Meek, but he expects to see the Wildcats bring in Randall and Hallis at some point Saturday.
Randall has been virtually untouchable this season and he held the Trojans to one run on three hits in Game One. Dunwoody’s ace pitcher, who has an ERA of 0.50, also struck out eight and improved his record to 10-0.
Hallis (6-1) struggled in the latter stages of Game Two and suffered his first loss of the season when Eric Jay Phillips drove in the game-winning run with an RBI triple to right field in the bottom of the seventh inning.
The big question is how effective Dunwoody’s top two pitchers would be on two days’ rest if they’re called upon to pitch Saturday.
“You never know what those kids can do,” George said. “In 15 years of experience, it’s tough to bring a kid back the next day after he’s pitched. With two days (rest), a lot of times the kids are more ready toward the second and third day than they are the day after.”
In an elimination game, George said getting off to a good start will be especially important. The Trojans fell behind 5-0 in the first game and 4-0 in the second game Wednesday.
Both slow starts were compounded by sloppy defense. Carrollton made three errors in both games and all of them came during the first three innings.
“The bottom line as to whether we’ll be successful or not is do we hit the ball and do make routine plays,” George said. “That’s the bottom line, execution, like we talked about before we ever started this series. In Game One, we didn’t execute. In Game Two, we did. When he had chances to win it, we finally won it.”
Bremen coach Mark Clark said he didn’t believe the rainout Thursday would effect his team’s series with Providence Christian much.
Clark said he’ll stick with his scheduled starter for Game Three, Gary Perkins, and that all his pitchers will be available if necessary.
He said he expects Providence Christian to go with Jonathan Leverett, who Stars coach Adam Cantrell said would be his starter following the Game Two setback.
“They’ve still got plenty of arms,” Clark said. “They don’t have to go back to someone they’ve already thrown.”
The Stars used four pitchers Wednesday, while the Blue Devils went through three - Jim Mauk, Curt Barrett and Jay Wade.
After dropping the first game Wednesday, 7-6, the Blue Devils bounced back for a 6-4 victory behind a strong pitching performance from Wade, who tossed a complete-game five-hitter.
Bremen will be trying to reach the state quarterfinals for the first time since 2003, while Providence Christian is attempting to advance past the second round for the first time in school history.