It was a welcome, yet troublesome, problem for Osbourn supporters: Here the Eagles were Saturday, vying for their first AAA championship in any sport, with the baseball team playing at 5 p.m. in Williamsburg and the softball team playing at 5 p.m. in Newport News.
Go to softball, whose games usually move more quickly, and then test the speed limit driving the 20 minutes or so to watch the end of the baseball? Or just choose one and live with it?
"That is the killer," City of Manassas School Superintendent Chip Zullinger said with a chuckle a few minutes before the start of the softball game. "Because I can tell you that most of the people that are here today would like to be in two places at once."
As it turned out, both teams lost one-run games in their respective championships Saturday: softball, 1-0, to Kempsville; and baseball, 11-10, to Princess Anne in 12 innings. That marked the end of a run for the teams that hail from the only high school in the City of Manassas and were embraced by the community as such.
The softball team got a police escort out of town Saturday for its trip to Newport News. An anonymous donor kicked in $1,000 to fund a pep bus so students could affordably attend both teams' semifinals Friday.
Those fans helped cheer the softball team to a 1-0 win over Kellam in one semi. After that game, the bus chugged to Williamsburg, where the surge in vocal support helped egg on the Eagles to a 5-1 victory over First Colonial in the baseball semi.
"It's almost like it's Manassas playing, it's not Osbourn High School," Osbourn Activities Director Wayne Gryder said Saturday before the games. "It's all of Manassas playing for this."
"So many of these [school] systems are just so huge, that you don't get a feeling of community," Zullinger said. "At a place like Osbourn, it's a small town in many ways. And the small town [rallies] around their local school."
Just a few years ago, the Osbourn baseball and softball teams had to play at fields miles from the school.
Now with their own campus complex, they have one of the finer facilities in the area. One of the best things about it is that the fields are adjacent, so a properly positioned Osbourn fan can keep his eye on the softball and baseball games at the same time.
That was a luxury the supporters did not have Saturday, when they had a tough choice to make.
It's one they hope they have to make again.
"I think this is really just the beginning of Osbourn breaking out competitively," Zullinger said. "I think this is just the start of something much bigger."