Wednesday February 21st, 2024 4:44AM

Baseball: Heavy rains hindering opening of 2024 season; GHS-Branch, Chestatee-WHall, NHall, Bluff games all moved

By Jeff Hart Sports Reporter

The official start of the Georgia High School Association baseball season, as well as the GIAA and GAPPS, begins on Monday around the state and in northeast Georgia.

As expected, there are no region games on the slate, but there are several interesting opening tilts.

However, with the heavy rains that have moved through the state and the area on Monday, several already have been rescheduled.

Flowery Branch travels to Ivey-Watson Field to take on Gainesville, with both teams sporting new coaches. Buford plays host to Grayson in a matchup of a pair of Sweet 16 teams in Class 7A in 2023. 

North Hall was set to play host to Jackson County at Lynn Cottrell Field. But rains pushed the matchup to Wednesday, Feb. 21 at North Hall.

Cherokee Bluff, a quarterfinalist in Class 4A in 2023, entertains Class 7A and 2023 Region 6-7A champion Denmark, a Sweet 16 team last season, at home.

Chestatee and West Hall were set to open at Spartans Field in Oakwood on Monday. but the rains forced the teams to move the game to Tuesday and to Chestatee.

UPDATE: The Branch at Gainesville game has been moved to Wednesday, Feb. 14 at Ivey-Watson. The first pitch is set for 5:55 p.m. The Cherokee Bluff-Denmark at Bluff has been moved to Thursday, Feb. 15, first pitch set for 5:55 p.m.

(See the entire schedule for Monday below.)

(All games start at 5:55 p.m. unless otherwise noted)
Chestatee at West Hall, 5:30 p.m. (moved to Tues., Feb. 13 and to Chestatee)
Denmark at Cherokee Bluff (moved to Thurs., Feb. 15)
East Forsyth at Lambert, 5:30 p.m.
Elbert County at Habersham Central (DH), 4:30 p.m. -- (Canceled, TBD)
Flowery Branch at Gainesville, 5:30 p.m. -- (moved to Wed., Feb. 14)
Grayson at Buford
Jackson County at North Hall -- (moved to Wed., Feb. 21)
Lumpkin County at Madison County

(* -- denotes region contest)

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