Derrick Mahone/Douglas County Sentinel Coach Alan Adair and his Chapel Hill Panthers will open region play on Tuesday against Troup County.

Chapel Hill will play one more tune-up game before opening its Region 4-AAAA schedule on Tuesday.

The Panthers will take on Landmark Christian on Monday in a non-region game at home.

And then the games that count start.

Chapel Hill will play Troup County on Tuesday in the region opener at 5:55 p.m.

“We are definitely excited about playing our region games,” senior outfielder Jamel Rookard said.

Heading into Monday’s contest, the Panthers are 8-7 overall against some solid competition including splitting with Alexander and Kennesaw Mountain.

The Panthers lost at Carrollton on Thursday.

“We are a lot tougher team this year,” said Rookard, who has committed to Gordon State. “I feel we are good offensively and on defense. We just need to keep swinging the bat and producing some runs. It will all come down to making key plays and being a lot smarter.”

The Panthers will be trying to avoid a similar letdown during region play as they had last season. After playing fairly well against non-region competition, the Panthers went 1-11 in the region.

Troup won both contest including a 7-6 win in eight innings and a 7-1 victory to sweep the series.

The team’s lone region win was 7-1 against Central.

“We feel we can do much better this year,” Rookard said. “I know we got the talent. It is just a matter of us buying more into the system and playing as a team.”

Chapel Hill hasn’t been to the postseason since reaching the 2014 Class AAA second round under former coach Mickey Harper. This is coach Alan Adair’s third season as the program’s head coach after serving as an assistant.

Following Tuesday’s game, the Panthers will host Central on Thursday and play at Cartersville on Friday.

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