Thunderstorms in metro Atlanta produced heavy rain and lightning to wash out the contest, which was set to begin at 4:30 p.m. Instead, the series will move to Monday at 4:30 p.m. with the winner advancing to the state final for the second consecutive season where either Dominion Christian or Tattnall Square will face the winner of George Walton Academy and First Presbyterian Day.
Friday's rainout was not welcome news for the Knights, who split with the Trojans in Thursday's double-header by scores of 9-5 and 12-5. Dominion Christian lost Game 1 after giving up four runs in the first inning and couldn't recover.
Game 2 was decidedly different as the Knights returned the favor with four first inning runs, and pounded out 12 hits for the seven-run victory. It was the kind of momentum Dominion Christian needed to see after losing Game 1, and the team hoped to ride that enthusiasm into Game 3.
"Game 2 was (Dominion Christian's) to win," athletic director Mike Gold said. "They have the talent and the ability to play with anybody. The guys just came out with their 'A' game."
However, the issue with the postponement is that the Game 1 pitchers have an opportunity to rest their arms and are eligible to pitch Monday. This situation bodes well for the Trojans, who have a possible first round draft pick as part of their rotation. After starting their No. 3 pitcher, Nick Galvin, in Game 1 against the Trojans' No. 1, DeAndre Smelter, Dominion Christian took a gamble that paid off. The move assured the Knights that their No. 1 and No. 2 pitchers wouldn't have to battle against Smelter, who has signed to play at Georgia Tech and is projected to be a first round major league prospect.
The rain postponement, put a kink in those plans. It gives Smelter, who allowed five runs - two earned - on five hits and struck out 12 in a complete game win in Game 1, another chance to oppose the Knights on Monday, putting some pressure on the Dominion Christian batting order which once again has to go up against a player who can throw well into the 90-mph range.
The Knights produced most of their damage against Smelter in the latter innings. However, their two runs in the fifth and two in the sixth, occurred off two hits, two errors and a walk among others,
Dominion Christian will have to rely on more than Tattnall Square mistakes on Monday to earn the third and de-cisive win. The hitters will have to produce, defense will need to play well and baserunning gaffes can't happen.
"This team knows how to play through adversity," Gold said. "Tattnall Square is a good team and (Smelter) is a good pitcher. I expect to see (Dominion Christian) play the way their supposed to and capable of playing."