No need to worry about these teams

Published 12:00am Thursday, May 1, 2014

Superstitions are interesting.

Throughout the first two rounds of the baseball playoffs, I’ve been pretty consistent with holding interviews with coaches on the Thursday prior to the games the next day.

Usually, I write game previews for both and put them in Friday’s paper.

This week, I had to adjust my schedule because of the area softball tournaments that were slated to take place today.

I interviewed Opp baseball coach Michael Cassady on Tuesday, and Andalusia coach Tyler Dent on Wednesday.

Cassady joked that if his team loses to Sipsey Valley this week in the third round of the Class 3A state playoffs, that it would be my fault.

I grinned and started the interview to try and glean some information about the Bobcats’ next opponent.

Like I do in a lot of cases, I thought about what Cassady said and remembered his joking manner in the way he said it.

There’s no need to believe in superstitions when it comes to OHS.

They are, in my opinion, a pretty darn good baseball team.

The Bobcats have good hitting, good pitching, good infield defense and a stellar pitching staff. What more could you want?

Upon arriving at my interview with Dent Wednesday afternoon at the AHS baseball field, the Bulldogs’ head coach was busy watching his players go through batting practice.

After a short time, Dent and I spoke and I stayed a while to watch practice as well. I didn’t mind at all. I had fun.

One thing I did notice is how much fun the AHS players were having on the field.

It was a refreshing site.

Like Opp, Andalusia has the tools necessary to make it to the next round — good pitching, good hitting and a good infield.

Now, there have been moments where I’ve seen players on teams sit in the same spot in the dugout when good things happen or make sure a bat, glove or hat is in the same place.

There’s no reason to worry about superstitions.

Both teams are playing well enough to not need them.

 

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