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Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 1:40 am

Perhaps the Pepperell Dragons will finally get to play baseball today.

After waiting four days for the weather to cooperate, the Dragons are again scheduled to host Greater Atlanta Christian today in the third and decisive game of their best-of-three first-round Class AA playoff series.

First pitch is slated for 4 p.m. — and this time, the forecast looks favorable, with sunshine expected.

The Dragons and Spartans opened the series on Friday, when they split a doubleheader in Lindale.

The teams were then scheduled to play Game 3 on Saturday, but heavy rain moved into the area over the weekend, causing the contest to be postponed three times — Saturday, Monday and again on Tuesday.

The winner of today’s game will advance to the second round.

Pepperell is looking to become the third Greater Rome team to lock up a spot in the second round of the playoffs.

The Darlington Tigers will open second-round action today in the Class A-Private School playoffs.

The Tigers are traveling to Macon to face First Presbyterian in a best-of-three series that starts with today’s doubleheader. The first game is scheduled for 4 p.m.

Darlington is the No. 5 seed in the private-school’s 16-team bracket, and First Presbyterian is the No. 4 seed.

Darlington advanced to the second round by sweeping Hebron Christian — the team that ended the Tigers’ postseason in each of the past two years — in the opening round last Friday.

In the Class A public-school playoffs, the No. 11-seeded Trion Bulldogs will be at home, hosting No. 14-seeded Jenkins County in a series that begins on Thursday.

The teams will play a doubleheader (with the first game scheduled for 4 p.m.), and if a third game is necessary, it will be played Friday.

Trion swept No. 6-seeded Hawkinsville in the first round, 6-2 and 2-1, on the road.

Jenkins County stunned No. 3-seeded Schley County in the first round, sweeping a doubleheader on the road, 18-3 and 3-2, to advance to the Elite 8.

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