Creek’s district final postponed to today

RAINY DAY — Wednesday’s Division II East 1 district final between Indian Creek and Cambridge is postponed until 5 p.m. today at Sandy Valley. -- Joe Catullo

MAGNOLIA — The Division II East 1 district final between 10th-seeded Indian Creek and No. 6 seed Cambridge was over before it could even begin on Wednesday.

A few moments after the initial start time of 5 p.m., the game was postponed until today due to inclement weather. It also will be at 5 p.m. at Sandy Valley.

“You can’t control the weather, right? This affects both sides,” veteran Creek coach Mike Cottis said. “The kids were getting amped up and ready to play. We got here around 3:45 p.m. through a heavy downpour and figured there was no shot.”

When the game finally starts, it will mark the Redskins’ first district final appearance since 2011. Their game plan for Cambridge will remain the same, as it has all season.

“Baseball is always the same — you put the bat on the ball, play good defense and get good pitching,” Cottis said. “We’ll see who’s going to make the plays. These guys will be ready (today).”

The biggest question for the Redskins was who would start on the mound? Their ace, Aiden Fernandez, cannot throw until at least Friday after starting against Philo Monday in the district semifinal. He struck out 18 and set the program record for strikeouts in a season with 87, passing Paul Yates who later played at Youngstown State University.

Creek’s other options are Isaiah Vandine, Hunter Rothacker and Justice Morris. Vandine got the call and most likely will have it again today.

“They’re all serviceable guys. We have confidence in all of them, but we just felt like Isaiah gave us the best chance,” Cottis said. He added that his reasoning for starting Fernandez on Monday was simple.

“You have to survive and advance, so there was no question in my mind who we would throw out there Monday,” he said. “I had a lot of people asking me about that. You can’t roll the dice because then if you don’t advance, people will ask, ‘Did you save him for the banquet?’ We had to pitch him.”


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