Diamond Cavs home for round two

May. 14, 2013 @ 05:32 AM

Six baseball/softball programs from Rutherford County entered the playoffs last Thursday, and after the first round ended Friday night, only three remained, two of which belong to East Rutherford.

East Rutherford baseball erupted late in a 10-5 win over Pisgah on the road while the Lady Cavs barely edged South Iredell, 2-1, on their home diamond.

Both teams hold home field advantage tonight as the Lady Cavs host East Lincoln at 5 p.m. and the baseball Cavaliers welcome Bunker Hill to town at 7 p.m.

“We don’t know much of anything about East Lincoln so we’re going in blind but sometimes that’s better than knowing too much,” East softball head coach Julie Powell said.

East Lincoln is fresh off an upset of top-seeded Maiden in its first-round match-up.

“We’re not real sure what to expect because South Iredell was a five-seed and a very good one,” Powell said. East Lincoln is the three-seed so we expect another good game.”

Pitching and defense kept the Lady Cavaliers in the playoffs Friday as their offense was held to just two runs.

“We played a great defensive game Friday but we have to find our bats if we’re going to come out on top,” Powell said.

On the baseball side, East Rutherford is welcoming a familiar foe.

“We played [Bunker Hill] last year and won in extra innings,” Reynolds said. “They have about 3-4 players back from that team. They have some top-notch ballplayers so it should be a good ballgame.”

Reynolds hopes to see his team put up double-digit runs like they did Friday, but experience tell him that anything can happen in a playoff setting.

“We hope to swing it well but like I say, the best team doesn’t always win in a single elimination tournament,” Reynolds said. “We just hope to be the best team Tuesday night and see what happens.”