Mitchell softball tourney starts SaturdayThe fifth annual Lowell Rang Memorial Fastpitch Softball Tournament kicks off Saturday and runs through Sunday at the Cadwell Sports Complex in Mitchell.
By: Claire Meador, The Daily Republic
The fifth annual Lowell Rang Memorial Fastpitch Softball Tournament kicks off Saturday and runs through Sunday at the Cadwell Sports Complex in Mitchell.
The tournament will have 52 teams this year, which is an increase from last year, and will be broken into five age groups. Two age groups —U12 and U14, will be divided into an “A” division and a “B” division and the U10, U16 and U18 age groups will play in one division each.
“We have a few more teams than last year but it’s still not as good as our all-time high which is 54 teams,” tournament director Pat Larson said of this year’s participants.
“This will be the second largest tournament since I have been tournament director.”
All of the teams that come are guaranteed four games in the first round and on Sunday the teams will be divided into single elimination brackets. Games are scheduled to start at 8 a.m Saturday and continue throughout the day. Games will begin at 8 a.m. Sunday and the championship games are scheduled to start around 2:30 p.m. Sunday for the U12 and U14 divisions and at 4 p.m. for the U10, U16 and U18 age groups. Seven champions will be crowned.
“The main goal for the weekend is just for all the teams to come and have an enjoyable experience,” Larson said.
Eleven Mitchell teams will be competing in this weekend’s tournament and there will be at least one Mitchell team in every division. Teams from all over South Dakota and a few from Nebraska will also be competing in the tournament.
All the money raised this weekend will go towards the Mitchell Girls’ Fastpitch Association.
A couple years ago, the money raised helped pay for four home run fences at the softball fields at Cadwell, and Larson is hoping that with the money raised this year, they’ll be able to install more home run fences.
“It looks like it’s going to be in the low to mid 80s this weekend which is perfect weather for softball because it won’t be too hot,” Larson said.
“We’ve been fairly lucky in the past couple of years and we’re hoping for the same this year.”