Area prep teams have found advancing through this year's South Carolina state playoffs more difficult than usual.
It's not because of the competition. In fact, a lack thereof would be the case, as a number of Thursday's games were postponed until today. Thursday already was a make-up day for earlier postponements, but with the recent heavy rains and thunderstorms, even make-up days are delayed.
Silver Bluff's softball team is geared to play for the District 6 championship in the Class AA playoffs, and will play host to Gilbert today at 4:30. A win would send the Bulldogs to the lower state championship series, and a loss would mean a second game with Gilbert.
Gilbert would have to win twice to eliminate Silver Bluff and move on.
Midland Valley softball also was washed out Thursday, and will pick up today at 6 p.m., playing host to Holly-Hill Roberts. A Mustangs victory would send them back to play Georgetown, where Midland Valley lost 2-0 Wednesday.
They would have to beat Georgetown twice to move on to the Class AAA lower state championship series.
South Aiken hopes to play out its much-anticipated tennis match with Irmo today at 5:30 p.m. in Columbia. The quarterfinal match between the defending state Class AAAA champs and Yellow Jackets has suffered postponements for the past two days.
Patrick Green covers sports in South Carolina for The Augusta Chronicle. He can be reached at (803) 648-1395.