Hurricane Michael is churning in the Gulf of Mexico on a path that could make for a stormy start to the state softball playoffs.

The storm has forced the state high school softball playoffs to start a day early in hopes of getting in some or all of the first-round games.

Glynn Academy (10-16) is a No. 4 seed in the Class 6A playoffs originally scheduled to play in a best of three series against Heritage (15-11) starting with a doubleheader on Wednesday.

The Lady Terrors will play a doubleheader today with the opening pitch at 4 p.m. If the teams split tonight, the tie breaker will be played Wednesday, weather permitting.

Glynn coach Jim Horton said the schedule change will not affect his players, who he said are ready for the playoffs. He has no plans for any changes in the lineup going into today’s games.

“We continue to work on what we need to do,” he said.

Both teams have good speed and match up well, though Heritage may have the edge in experience over a young Lady Terrors team, he said.

“We can’t make mistakes with them,” he said.

Brunswick High (9-18), a No. 3 seed, will face Greenbrier (18-13) in a best-of-three series that was rescheduled to today. The Lady Pirates will face Greenbrier in a doubleheader, with the first game beginning at 2 p.m.

Lady Pirates coach Brian Crawford said it wasn’t an inconvenience changing the game schedule.

“We’re as prepared as we want to be,” he said.

Greenbrier plays in a region where the level of play is higher than what is played in Region 2-6A, but Crawford said his team is up to the challenge.

“Physically, they’re more sound,” he said. “Their hitting will challenge our defense.”

Still, anything can happen in the playoffs with a few timely hits and some good pitching. And the path to advance to Columbus is directly ahead.

“We have to overcome a huge mental hurdle,” he said. “We need to learn to expect to win. It only takes four wins to get to Columbus.”

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