Zachary uses strong effort from Robert Burke to beat District 4-5A rival Denham Springs _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Zachary's P.J. Cannon runs to third base against Denham Springs in an April 2 game at Zachary Youth Park's Herty Field. The Broncos won 7-2.

It wasn’t just a question of how much water was on the Zachary baseball field.

Questions about possible rain late Thursday prompted the Broncos to make an early call to postpone their District 4-5A title-game showdown with Walker.

The game is now set for 6 p.m. Friday at Zachary Youth Park, topping the list of a handful of weather-related changes Thursday.

“We did get a lot of rain last night, but we were able to get the excess water off the field, so that wasn’t an issue,” Zachary coach Jesse Cassard said. “The forecasts and radar showed that we’d get hit again between 4:30 p.m. and (6 p.m.).

“I called Randy (Sandifer, Walker coach) and talked about it. I didn’t want them to make a trip here and us not be able to play. We pushed it back a day. We’re practicing indoors and we’ll tarp the infield, so everything should be in good shape tomorrow.”

Zachary (20-11, 8-1) hosts Walker (19-10, 8-1) with the 4-5A title on the line. Two 4-5A games, Scotlandville at Denham Springs and Central at Live Oak, also were rescheduled. The Central- LOHS is at 5 p.m. and the Scotlandville-DSHS game is at 5:30 p.m. at North Park.

The Episcopal at Dunham baseball game in District 8-2A was moved to 6:30 p.m. Friday and False River Academy at Catholic-Pointe Coupee in 5-1A is at 5 p.m.

Games that began Thursday and will be completed on Friday include: Parkview Baptist at Brusly, 4 p.m. and Northeast at East Feliciana, 4 p.m.

Also on the lists of postponements is the District 5-5A track meet at St. Amant. Forecasts for wind, rain and lightning in the late afternoon forced that change. The 5-5A event is set to begin at 1 p.m. Friday with field events. The running events are scheduled for 3 p.m.

A Class 1A softball playoff game, St. John-Plaquemine at Vermilion Catholic, was moved from Thursday to 1 p.m. Saturday in Abbeville.

Eagles forfeit game

Parkview Baptist self-reported a violation of the LHSAA’s new baseball pitching rule. As a result, the Eagles forfeited a 3-1 victory over District 6-3A rival University.

“This one is on me and reporting it was the right thing to do,” PBS coach Darron Mitchell said. “I called the other coaches in the district and the LHSAA.

“When I was setting my rotation for the following week, I caught it. Basically I had a guy who pitched on Monday and brought him back on Saturday, pitch count was low, so he stayed in the game.”

Under the new LHSAA rule, pitchers are limited to 14 innings in one calendar week. Another 3A school, Berwick with cited for the same violation Thursday. Denham Springs forfeited an early-= season tournament game because of the same rule.