Central Private is going home Friday night either defeated or as MAIS Class AAA state champions.
There is no more room for error and no chance to make it up later.
That’s just the way they like it.
The Rebels head to Indianola, Mississippi, on Friday for a potential doubleheader to win the program’s 14th state title.
The bad news is that Central Private lost Game 1 of the best-of-three series, meaning it’d have to sweep the final day of the season in order to claim the trophy. But the good news is that hasn’t been a problem in the past, with CPS winning five-straight elimination games to reach the championship round over the past few weeks.
Friday begins at 4 p.m. at Indianola with a second game following 30 minutes after if needed.
“Our mindset going in was, we’d like to have Game 1, but it’s a three-game series,” Central Private coach Nick Scelfo said. “We’ve got two win two, so our goal is to win two. Nothing changed.”
The Colonels got the jump on Central Private (23-13) last Tuesday with a five-run first inning, setting the stage for a 10-4 rout on the Rebels’ home field.
Central Private tried to fight back with a few late runs l, but Indianola pitcher Josh Hill stymied the offense, holding it to only five hits in 6⅓ innings.
Scelfo said ace Jace Pendarvis will start on the mound for Game 2 with a plan to come for the potential final.
Indianola coach Clete Putnam had not named a starter as of Tuesday night.
“All you can ask for is a chance,” Putnam said. “We’re just excited to have that chance and that opportunity. But we’ve got a lot of outs to get against a really, really good team.”