Rain was on the softball diamonds across Northwest Georgia on Monday, so area teams weren’t.
The showers that began Sunday evening continued throughout the following day, postponing tournament play for Regions 7-2A, 5-3A and 7-4A by a day. Region 7-2A and 7-4A began their postseason competition Saturday, while 5-3A was originally scheduled to begin Monday.
All of those tournaments are expected to pick up where they left off today, weather permitting.
In the Region 7-2A tournament at Alto Park in Rome, Murray County (13-13) is set to play Pepperell at 5 p.m. today in a pivotal game for the Lady Indians. With a victory, they’ll secure a state playoff berth one season after going winless — but a loss will bring their year to a close.
In the Region 7-4A tournament at Heritage Point, Dalton (10-16), Northwest Whitfield (24-3) and Southeast Whitfield (11-15) are all scheduled to play at least one game.
Northwest’s Lady Bruins, one of two No. 1 seeds for the tournament, will take on second-seeded Cass at 7 p.m. in the championship bracket semifinals. Second-seeded Heritage-Catoosa takes on top-seeded River Ridge in the other championship bracket semifinal, also at 7.
The winners of those games are guaranteed no worse than a top-four finish in the tournament, meaning they will advance to the Class 4A state playoffs, which begin next week. Losers of those games fall into the consolation bracket, but will need just one win there to secure a state berth.
Also in 7-4A, three games are scheduled at 5 p.m. for the first round of the consolation bracket: Cedar-town versus Southeast, Ridgeland versus LaFayette and Gilmer versus Pickens.
The winner of the latter game will take on Dalton at 7, while the winners of the first two will match up against each other at 7.
Losers of all of those games are eliminated from the tourney and postseason play.
In the Region 5-3A tournament at the Jack Mattox Recreation Complex in Ringgold, Coahulla Creek faces Adairsville and North Murray takes on Gordon Central, both in first-round games at 5 p.m. If they win, they’ll play again at 7, with Coahulla Creek going against Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe and North Murray matched up with Sonoraville.
Losses would put them in the consolation bracket of the double-elimination event, and play in that bracket won’t begin until Wednesday with a pair of 5 p.m. games.