For Region 4-AAA the entire tournament's schedule was pushed back a day and will begin today with No. 1W Central hosting Jackson, Atlanta and Haralson County, the fourth seed in the west, traveling to top-seeded Chapel Hill for 7 p.m. first pitches.
The schedule will follow the same format, just adjusting the dates so the tournament will finish on Saturday instead of Friday.
Knowing the rain was coming Central coach Jimmy LeBlanc took as many precautions as he could to make sure the field would be ready as soon as the rain stopped.
"Right now we've just pushed back to the rain date. We had five days to run it and we still have Saturday we can use. As of now everything's fine, we're trying to start [today], but it's pouring down rain right now. We pulled out every stop to try and keep our field playable. We've got tarps, now we don't know what it looks like under them, but we put tarps down [Sunday] morning before the rain started," LeBlanc said.
The hope is that both Central and Chapel Hill's fields will be ready to go today. LeBlanc noted that they want to keep the schedules for the first two rounds at separate sites lined up because the tournament will eventually combine at Central for the final rounds.
The rain also hit the LaGrange area, possibly even worse according to Carrollton coach Lisa Phillips, on Monday forcing the first day of the Region 5-AAAA tournament to be postponed to today.
The schedule will remain the same with the Lady Trojans playing at 6 p.m. against, most likely, Columbus in the second round of the tournament.
The teams competing for the Region 6-A title will do so without a scheduled off day this week.
With Monday's games being rained out the schedule will move back and day and instead of having Wednesday off, games will be played to make up for the rain outs.
Mt. Zion coach Millie Grimes doesn't believe the change will cause any problems, especially if her Lady Eagles can take care of business and stay in the winner's bracket.
The Lady Eagles will play today at 3 p.m. against Walker at Mt. Paran. With a win they will remain there to face the winner between Mt. Paran and Gordon Lee, with a loss they would have to travel to North Cobb Christian — something the MZ coach would like to avoid.
"I think at this point we're ready to play, they'd rather play than practice. Maybe just the drive over there and getting back late at night can get you a little bit, hopefully we play the late game. That can get you back home late after a 7 o'clock game and then getting back over there the next day," Grimes said.