LEESBURG, GA (WALB) –
The saga of Lee County and Johns Creek will continue for at least a few more days.
Game 3 of the state baseball semifinal series between the Trojans and Gladiators has been postponed due to Wednesday’s forecasted storms. The game will now be played Friday at 1:00 p.m. in Leesburg.
This change throws the Class 6A state championship out of whack as well. The state title series was scheduled to begin Friday evening in Rome. That series will now be played at a campus site next Tuesday and Wednesday.
If Lee County beats Johns Creek in Game 3, there will be coin flip between the Trojans and Pope to determine who will host the series. If Johns Creek wins, Pope will host the state championship by virtue of their higher seed.
Lee County athletic director Hank Wright says the possibility of hosting the state championship is a pleasant surprise.
“It may come down to a coin toss, and we’ve lost a couple of those this year,” Wright laughs. “But we would have an opportunity to host the state championship series here, and we would just love that opportunity.”
The best-of-three title series is now scheduled to begin Tuesday with a doubleheader. Game 3 would be Wednesday if necessary.
As for this state semifinal series, it’s been one of the stranger state playoffs in any sport in recent memory. Emotions are running high on both sides, and that has led to some contention between fans on social media.
Both schools say they know Friday’s game will hotly contested, and say they are prepared to handle any hostility.
“The environment that we’re going into is going to be pretty hostile,” says Johns Creek head coach Billy Nicholson. “But we talk to our players all the time about controlling what you can control.”
“We’re aware that there’s some potential issues, problems out there, and we’ve addressed that,” says Wright. “We’ve made plans for people to be here to help us make sure nothing does happen that’s out of line.”
Wright says Lee County Sheriff’s Office deputies will be on site, as well as a few officers that Johns Creek is bringing to help with crowd control.
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