In sports, momentum is underrated and can’t be measured in numbers. Teams that get on a hot streak tend to win more games, like Connecticut did in last year’s NCAA tournament.
Not only is that true in post season play, but also true in the regular season. Teams get some momentum going their way and the wins start piling up faster than a honey-do list.
But there are several things that can stop a team’s momentum. A loss, obviously, can do it, but also an injury to a key player or simply not playing for a long time.
So, now that all of the scheduled games are behind us for spring break and three out of the four baseball teams in Yazoo County haven’t played since school let out for the annual week-long break.
Normally, it isn’t a week-long break for baseball players. Most of the time teams will play a spring break tournament early in the week, but that wasn’t able to happen this year for Manchester, Benton and Yazoo County because of rain.
Yazoo City was able to get in a pair of games Wednesday at the Bulldog Bash, winning one and losing the other.
The long lay-off could be a bad thing, though, especially if you’re riding an eight-game win steak like Manchester is.
The Mavericks’ last game was March 8 against Canton. They were supposed to play in their own spring break tournament on Monday, but rain forced that to be cancelled. So, the next time Manchester will take the field will be this Tuesday, a full 12 days after defeating Canton.
Benton is pretty much in the same situation, minus the eight-game win streak. They’ll be off 11 days before they play their next game, which is set for this Monday.
Yazoo County may have suffered the worst schedule loss with five games being cancelled because of wet conditions, going all the way back to last Friday. The Panthers’ last game was the 5-1 loss to Yazoo City.
How will this affect the teams?
It’ll hit some teams harder than others.
The ones that are able to keep the momentum going after such a long break are the ones to watch for in May.