Cavaliers back on the road
After a road win in the first round and a win in front of the home crowd in round two of the 2A state baseball playoffs, East Rutherford (17-9) will load the bus again tonight and head to West Lincoln (23-5) in a third-round clash at 8 p.m.
“We had two good days of practicing with probably the two warmest days of the year and we always talk at the beginning of the season about our mistakes and figure out how we can win a third-round game,” East head coach Bobby Reynolds said. “We usually consider it a successful season if we make it to the third round and that just sort of how we’ve done it the past 10-15 years and we’re fortunate enough to get there again this year.”
Fortunately for Reynolds, his West Lincoln bunch has some familiar faces from his Cherryville American Legion team that he coaches during the summer months.
“They’re a senior-laden team with about five of my kids from my Cherryville legion team,” Reynolds said. “ But, you gotta be able to throw it where you wanna throw it and that doesn’t always work out.”
The young men entrusted with throwing the ball where they want it thrown will be the same that have carried the Cavaliers this far, Brandon Wellmon and Brock Helton.
“Those two guys have really carried us, that’s no secret. If we had an MVP it would be those two guys,” Reynolds said.
The Cavaliers may not have the famous bank down the left field line to pack with fans, but it doesn’t mean the black and red won’t travel.
“We’ll have as many people as we can get down there,” Reynolds said. “We don’t like not playing at home because we like our crowd so that will be a disadvantage.” “They’ve had a a lot of success year-in and year-out so it should be a pretty good game,” Reynolds added. “Ever since I’ve come through high school they’ve had a good program.”
But in classic Reynolds fashion, he explained a complicated game in the simplest of ways.
“Whoever plays the best tomorrow wins and that will be the way it goes.”
First pitch is scheduled for for 8 p.m. at West Lincoln.