There is rarely an off day for Lookout Valley's baseball players, which may be the primary reason the Yellow Jackets undefeated as they enter a three-day test.
Lookout Valley (18-0) is hosting the 17th annual Yellow Jacket Classic today through Saturday, and the team may find out exactly where it stands in a bid for its fourth straight state tournament trip.
"We might be in the middle of the pack because this is the most competitive tournament we have had," Jackets coach David Dinger said. "Several of these teams have been in the state tournament the last few years. Friendship Christian won it a couple of years ago and finished second last year. Based on talent, they may be ahead of everybody else."
Dinger wasn't about to put much stock in his team's record to date.
"It doesn't mean anything. At best it shows we know how to win," he said. "But right now if we were 0-18 we'd be in the same situation."
In addition to the Jackets and Friendship Christian, the field includes Cascade, Columbia Academy, Rockwood, Franklin Road Academy, Forrest and Gordon Lee. Gordon Lee is hosting a round of games tonight and will play at home at 3 and 7:30 before all games move to Lookout Valley.
"They're young and they've played well at times according to Kevin (Gordon Lee coach Kevin McElhaney)," Dinger said.
Rain is predicted for Friday and Dinger is anticipating a day of taking his tarp on and off. He might wind up scrapping Saturday's games between second-, third- and fourth-place teams from each division and settling for a championship game following pool games.