The Ada Post 72 Braves’ second and third pool play games scheduled for Thursday at the American Legion Wood Bat Invitational were postponed by rain and will be played Saturday.
Ada’s 8 p.m. contest today against the Associated Fire Titans from Nebraska will played as scheduled, weather permitting. The Braves, who suffered a 6-3 loss to a team from Quincy, Ill., in their tournament opener Wednesday, will then return at 8 a.m. Saturday to face the Post 1000 Bears from Independence, MO.
The local squad will wrap up pool play at 1 p.m. Saturday against Post 262 from Wellston, MO, and if the Braves advance out of their pool (only the winners of the eight pools in the 40-team move on), they will play a quarterfinal contest later Saturday. The tournament’s semifinal and championship games will be played Sunday.
Post 72 coach Travis Graham said former Roff star Blake Logan (4-0) will start today’s game against a Titan squad that, along with Ada (the 2010 tourney runner-up) was one of the pre-tournament favorites.
“They’re the defending state (Legion) champions of Nebraska,” Graham said of the Titans. “As long as we can keep their runs down (runs allowed is the second tiebreaker in the event of a three-way tie atop the pool) and score some some of our own, we can put ourselves in a position where we have a chance to still win our pool.
“We don’t like having to depend on somebody else, but that’s the situation we’re in,” he added. “We just have to do the best we can and hope things work out for the best.”
Graham, who, along with his players and their families, took advantage of the rainout to attend Thursday’s Kansas City Royals-Detroit Tigers game, said the delay might or might not be an advantage for his squad going forward.
“It helps us get an extra day’s rest, so we might be able to bring (Matt) Benedict (Wednesday’s starter) back if we need him,” Graham explained. “Otherwise, it doesn’t figure to make a lot of difference.”