The Mitchell ReportWinning baseball games is about consistency.
The only way to be consistent is to play games often and on a consistent basis.
So, it shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone in attendance that Corbin Ellis, head baseball coach at Yazoo County, did everything in his power to play their Tuesday night game against Humphreys County. He added as much dirt as he could. His players raked the entire infield.
In all, the Panthers spent over an hour trying to make their field playable, but it was futile.
That game was never going to be played.
It had rained several days before Tuesday, putting the Panthers’ field in a muddy, wet condition. The grass around the field was wet and muddy. If there was any dirt, it was all mud. Obviously, the playing field would be in the same condition.
The area around third base was the worse area and received the most attention from Ellis. Dirt was added (twice)around the area where a runner at third base would be taking off for home plate. The base running path between second and third wasn’t all that great either, but I didn’t venture out that far in my dress shoes.
If this was in the middle of the season and the Panthers had played a game in the past two weeks, I believe Ellis calls the game before the Humphreys team even comes to Yazoo. But they hadn’t and that’ what made this decision so tough and why Ellis wanted to play this game so badly.
The Panther players wanted to play the game, too. The other team’s coach, however, didn’t want to play because of the wet field and, from a player safety standpoint, it was probably the right decision.
From a winning standpoint, though, it wasn’t. Yazoo County had gotten off to a slow start with just one win, but had only played five games before spring break.
Hopefully the rain will hold up long enough for Yazoo County’s field to get in shape and for the Panthers to start playing baseball again.