The Bartow teams, who include players from all five of the county's high schools -- Adairsville, Cartersville, Cass, Excel and Woodland -- are Georgia's representatives in the tournaments.
The Bartow County Big League team kicks off play today in the Southeastern Region Tournament in Clearwater, Fla.
The 18-and-under team, skippered by Randy Rutledge, will play North Carolina at 4 p.m.
If it wins, Bartow BL advances to play Tennessee this evening at 7. With a loss, Bartow BL would play its next opponent at 10 a.m. Saturday.
The winner of the division is scheduled to be decided at a 1 p.m. Sunday game.
Rutledge said he has no idea about the strengths of the North Carolina and his plan is to see if his pitching staff can keep the BL in the game.
"We will start Katie Deems," he said. "We hope she can get a good start and help us get a good defensive effort going against North Carolina."
He said after four innings, the coaches will evaluate the hitting and game situation with an eye toward using any one of three other pitchers: Hannah Hight, Janna Scheff and Brooke Tomlin.
"We've got four strong pitchers and if they can beat us, then hats off to them," he said.
The Bartow County Junior League team, which is playing in the Southeast Region in Fort Myers, is scheduled to line up against South Carolina at 12:45 p.m. Saturday, kicking off the pool phase of its tournament play. It then plays pool games through Monday night with the top two teams in each pool squaring off Tuesday and the winners playing for the championship Wednesday.
The Bartow 14-and-under team, skippered by Jimmy Bailey, should know the champion in its region after a 4 p.m. Wednesday game is completed.
Coach Bailey, interviewed by phone in Fort Myers on Thursday night, said the JL team is ready for the playoffs to begin.
"Most of the girls are excited," he said. "They are looking forward to getting to represent the state of Georgia. They've enjoyed being called Team Georgia."
He said the team had a good practice Thursday before leaving for Florida and appears to be ready.
"If we play like we did at state, I think we'll be fine," Bailey said. "We have a talented group of players."
He said coaches presently plan to split pitching duties between Courtney Bailey and Taylor Weeks in Saturday's game.
"One will pitch four innings and one three innings -- if things go like I hope they do," he said.
Bailey noted any player who pitches five innings must rest a day between assignments.
The Bartow JL team includes Bailey, Weeks, Bailey Roberts, Cassidy Howren, Mallorie Collum, Kaleigh Liscio, Breanna Mahrt, Kelsey Holoway, Jordan Cantrell, Bethany Ballard, Allison Story, Ashlynn Russell and Lauren Howe.
Also coaching the JL team are Chris Howe and Shannon Cantrell.
The Bartow County BL team includes Deems, Hight, Scheff, Tomlin, Ansley Williams, Samaria Curtis, Lacey Fritz, Olivia Rutledge, Rachel Smith, Darby Cagle, Myra Russell, Katie Cauthen, Haley Hood and Diana Wimpy.
Also coaching the team are James Johnson and Bryan Hood.