County softball tournament to include pool play
The Chilton County softball tournament this season will feature a new format if—get ready for it—it doesn’t rain.
Two weeks after the county baseball tournament was postponed for the second season in a row, the ladies will be the ones watching the weather.
At press time, forecasts called for a 50 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms Thursday afternoon.
The tournament is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. Thursday on two fields at Thorsby’s Sam Bentley Field.
The event would feature three days of competition instead of two, as in the past. A pool play portion would be added.
“We did this to give everybody more games,” said Leighsa Robinson, coach of tournament host Jemison. “It’s nothing for [softball teams] to play three games in one day. When you set two or three days apart for a tournament, you want to play as many games as you can.”
Six county teams have been divided into two pools (Maplesville, Isabella and Jemison in Pool A and Verbena, Chilton County and Thorsby in Pool B). Each team would play the other two teams in its pool on Thursday to determine seeding for a single elimination, bracket-style tournament on Friday and Saturday at Jemison.
Games would begin at 5 p.m. on Friday and at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
But rain could wreck the plans. If Thursday’s games were to be called off, one of two options will be chosen by the coaches of participating teams.
The first option would be to skip pool play, draw for seeding, and play the bracket part of the tournament as scheduled.
The second option would be to play a double elimination tournament on Friday and Saturday. Games would have to start at 3 p.m. Friday and last until at least 9 p.m. On Saturday, games could run from 9 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. or later.
County tournament at a glance
Chilton County Tigers
Coach: Krisi Parrish, fourth season
Roster (with jersey number and year in school):
35-Mary Katherine Graham-So.
Coach: Mike Ratliff, 20th season
8-Ann Marie Murray-So.
Maplesville Red Devils
Coach: Ashlie Harrison, sixth season
Coach: Leighsa Robinson, fourth season
Coach: Nicole Hilyer, second season
Verbena Red Devils
Coach: Jennifer Ingram, second season