The game, this afternoon at 4 p.m., is a part of a series of high school games taking place on the Atlanta Braves’ home field, while the big-league team is playing in Washington.
While the coaches who will man both dugouts have been at Turner Field in the past, they say playing in the stadium never loses its luster.
“Most of the guys have participated or played in it,” Creekview coach Mike Nayman said, “but it never loses its luster, no matter what. It’s always an amazing experience, no matter what. To get down there on the field, where all these guys have been watching the Braves play, it’s a thrill. The field is great and they treat you great, and for two hours, it’s like you are a big-leaguer in a crazy way.”
Nayman’s counterpart at Sequoyah agrees.
“It’s always fun to get down there and play,” Joseph Jones said. “We try to get everybody on the big stage. It’s always a good experience for the kids.”
While both teams are members of Region 7AAAAA, today’s game is a non-region game as far as the standings are concern. Creekview and Sequoyah have already played once this season, with the Grizzlies winning on their home field March 20, and the Chiefs will play host Friday.
Nayman and Jones say that the goal of playing is always to win, but they agree that today’s game is a little different. Both coaches try to get all of their players into the game so that they can experience playing on a major-league field.
“The game is sandwiched into the middle of the region schedule,” said Nayman, whose team won the previous two Turner Field meetings with Sequoyah. “We try to make sure we get all our players in. You want to win the game, but you want to make sure the guys experience stepping on the field.”
Nayman plans to throw several difference pitchers.
“Of course, we always want to win, just like Creekview does,” Jones said. “It’s not a region game, so we try to get everybody in the there and make sure everybody gets out there and has fun while we are down there. We still want to win, but we are going to have a good time.”
Nayman said that although the stage might be bigger, the game and the field are the same.
“The bases are still 90 feet. The pitcher’s mound is 60 feet, 6 inches,” he said. “The fences may be a little further, but the grass is still green and all that stuff. You just hope both teams go out, play their best and that the best team wins.”