ALTON – Break out the bats and ball gloves. The Illinois Amateur Softball Association Class C Slow-Pitch Tournament returns to Moore Park this weekend.
“It should be a competitive tournament,” tourney director Leroy Emerick of Wood River said. “It’s pretty much the same as last year, except that we have 18 teams instead of 25 teams.”
The double-elimination meet features men and women’s competition. Games will start at 7 p.m. Friday night on three fields at Moore Park. Action resumes at 9 a.m. Saturday and continues through the rest of the day.
The championship contest is tentatively slated for 7 or 8 that night.
Sunday is a rain date. Last year’s finals ended on Sunday, with Ball Park Motors of Jacksonville claiming the championship. Ball Park, which went 5-0 in 2013, is back to defend its title. Fourth Street Lanes of Bartelso finished second last year and Miss-N-Hitters of Carbondale took third.
Both Fourth Street Lanes and Miss-N-Hitters return, as do Alton Sports Tap, 4-2 in last year’s tourney and sixth overall. Cutting Edge of Godfrey and Cat Daddy’s of Alton are among the local teams in the tournament.
The opening games at 7 p.m. Friday night pit Nergenan Farm of Chapin against Lotawata Creek out of Fairview Heights Diamond on No. 2, Alton Sports Tap versus VFod Copper Penny of Mulberry Grove on Diamond No. 3 and Fourth Street Lanes vs. LJW Tax Service of O’Fallon on Diamond 4.
There will be nine more games that night on three diamonds. Field No. 1 won’t be used. No fewer than 28 games are set for Saturday, with the state champion advancing to the finals.
The remainder of the field includes: Danville Lineoff, Streder Mechanical of Springfield, A&A Refrigeration of Coal Valley, Red White Wasted of Macomb, Rickenberg’s Catering of Campbell Hill, I’d Hit It of Marion, Construction Nation of Rock Island and QC Laminating of Moline.
Streder was fifth in 2013, one spot behind Doscotch Law. Cutting Edge came in ninth.
The Alton Holiday Inn will again serve as the tournament headquarters.