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March 18, 2013

What's Going On: Schedule gets tight in region

At the collegiate level of baseball, one of the staples of the sport is the three-game series. The visiting team comes in on Thursday night or Friday morning with games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. At the Major League level, it stretches to another game in most cases and one rolls right into the other.

Starting this week, local high school baseball teams will get a taste of that tight scheduling and the importance of having strong depth in your pitching rotation.

And we’ll also get a first impression as to whether or not it’s a good idea.

Region 7-4A teams have set up their sub-region schedules to play each opponent three consecutive times through the course of a week.

On Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 5:30 p.m., Dalton and Southeast Whitfield begin each’s Sub-region 7B-4A schedules with three games against one another. Thursday’s game will be at Southeast while the other two will be played at Dalton. Northwest Whitfield will do the same against Ridgeland — same days and times — with the first and last at home in Tunnel Hill but Thursday’s contest on the road.

Each team plays 15 sub-region games — five opponents, three times each. The positives of this system is it allows teams to plan more than one game ahead for the same opponent. People get comfortable with one another, and if a team loses the first one, then it can pick itself up knowing it’ll have a quick turnaround before it can win the next two and take the series.

The negative? Well, for the same reasons it allows people to get comfortable with their opponents, it also could become a bit mundane watching the same teams play consecutively.

But this is the system — an interesting one, too — and starting this week, we’ll see how well coaches and players like it.

Here is a look at what else is going on this week in the local sports scene.

• Christian Heritage, Dalton and Northwest will play the second (and final) round of the North Georgia Invitational golf tournament Tuesday at The Farm in Rocky Face.

The Bruins enter in fourth out of the nine teams, while the Cats are fifth and Lions ninth. They are chasing Peachtree Ridge, Roswell and Harrison — Class 6A powerhouses which always seem to be competing for state titles.

On Saturday, those three teams plus Coahulla Creek will be at the Warrior Invitational, taking place at the Mossy Creek Golf Club in Cleveland, Tenn. The Dalton, North Murray and Northwest girls teams will be at the Lady Cat Invitational, which will be held at the Dalton Golf and Country Club.

• On Friday, two local soccer teams we haven’t seen play this year will meet up. Northwest will travel to Southeast for a Sub-region 7B-4A showdown with the girls starting at 5 p.m. and boys at 7 p.m. Dalton has beaten both teams one time this season — the Cats win against the Bruins was not a sub-region game — and whoever wins this one will get an edge in the sub-region standings and better seeding for the upcoming Region 7-4A tournament.

• Additionally on Friday, North Murray’s and Southeast’s track teams will be at the Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe Invitational.

On Tuesday, the Mountaineers plus Murray County will be at Coahulla Creek for a meet, while Dalton and Southeast will be at Northwest. On Saturday, the Bruins, Cats and Mountaineers will be at the Mohawk Warrior Invitational.

Devin Golden is a sports writer for The Daily Citizen. Have something you think should be in What’s Going On? Contact him at devingolden@daltoncitizen.com.

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