The defending Grand River Conference champion Trenton Lady Bulldogs will play the Richmond Lady Spartans and Savannah Lady Savages to open the 2017 softball season, in the Cameron Tournament on Saturday, August 19th.
The Lady Bulldogs are in “Pool D” in the 12 team field, with three teams each in four pools, as three scheduled games in pool play will run from 8 o’clock in the morning, with the final pool play contests starting at 12:30. Three fields will be utilized at the Cameron Softball Complex.
Three games will be played at 8 o’clock in the morning, with Trenton battling Richmond on “Field 2”, while Cameron hosts St. Joseph Central on Field 1, and St. Joseph Lafayette tangles with the Lady Eagles of Jefferson on Field 3.
The Cameron-Central matchup is part of “Pool A”, with action continuing in that group as Cameron takes on DeKalb at 9:30, followed by Central and DeKalb locking horns at 12:30, with all Pool A games in Field 1.
Following the Lafayette – Jefferson encounter at 8 AM, “Pool C” action continues on Field 3, with Lafayette taking on Excelsior Springs at 9:30, followed by Jefferson opposite Excelsior Springs at 11 o’clock.
Pool B action will open at 9:30, with the Lady Cardinals of Benton High School battling the Lady Cards of Lawson. At 11, Benton takes on the Maysville Lady Wolverines, with Lawson and Maysville battling at 12:30. All Pool B games will all be played on Field 2.
After Trenton opens its season against Richmond at 8 o’clock, the Lady Bulldogs will get about a 90 minute break before moving over to “Field 1”, and a game with Savannah at 11 o’clock. At 12:30, also in “Pool D”, Richmond and Savannah play on Field 3.
Field #1 will host the tournament’s “semifinal round”, with the champions of Pool A and Pool D meeting at 2 o’clock, followed by the champions of Pool B and Pool C playing at 3:30. The tournament’s third place game, featuring the losers of the semifinals, will take place at 5 PM, followed by the tournament title tilt at 6:30.
Field 2 will handle the runner-up finishers from pool play, with the #2 teams from Pool A and D meeting at 2, followed by the runner-up squads from Pools B and C battling at 3:30. Losers drop into the 7th place game at 5 o’clock, with the winners playing in the consolation final at 6:30.
On Field 3, the third-place pool finishers will congregate, with Pool A and D third-place teams playing at 2, while third-place Pool B and C competitors duel at 3:30. The losers play for 11th place at 5, while 9th place will be up for grabs at 6:30.
Tournament organizers stress that the 6:30 championship game, on Field #1, will have the run rule in effect, with a time limit of 90 minutes also being utilized.